A tale of two Wilson nonprofits

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For over a week now I had planned on writing a letter commending the Rev. Linda Walling, executive director of Hope Station, for the great accomplishment of the new family shelter, the Westview House. The Wilson Times wrote the story June 8 entitled “Hope Station launches family shelter campaign.”

In Thursday’s paper, The Wilson Times wrote the story entitled “Salvation Army service center head resigns.” Wow, what a difference of news between the two nonprofit agencies dedicated to helping those in need.

Since I volunteered and served on the Salvation Army of Wilson Advisory Board as chair of social services and communications, I need to comment on the Salvation Army story. First, I applaud Chon Ferrell for coming forward and speaking the truth, but she did not tell all, as I know what I went through before resigning my posts as well as others. Chon’s resignation is going to have a domino effect, as others will resign their posts as well.

Shelly Henderson paints a rosy picture of what in fact is false and partly the reason for the problems. As I have been told, the command in Rocky Mount is most difficult to work with. For those who don’t know, the Salvation Army Service Center of Wilson reports to the Rocky Mount command. They are in charge of all bookkeeping functions, including payment of bills.

Again, I applaud the Hope Station for being such a sound and strong organization. So much good comes from Hope Station on a daily basis and with the addition of the new living quarters. It is evident the community respects you and wants you to thrive and be successful in having the funds needed to continue and grow in Wilson.

During the campaign launch, David Clark and I are planning a food drive in early October for Hope Station. We will be collecting cleaning supplies and other items to have the Westview House fully stocked when it opens it doors.

Donations will also be accepted. I plan on giving during this campaign and hope and encourage you to do the same.

Gary Proffitt