The Salvation Army Tauranga
Darryl Wesley is the manager of The Salvation Army Bridge-Tauranga, which works to support people to overcome misuse or addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. The people at the Bridge see their lives change as they make decisions that bring them hope for a more positive future.
The Salvation Army programmes in the local area receive tagged funding from Acorn, which means that donors have specified the organisation as a direct recipient, forever. A little more than 50% of the Acorn Foundation donations are tagged to various organisations in this way. According to Darryl, “In a practical sense, this is funding The Salvation Army Bridge will receive on a yearly basis enabling me to plan and count on it—which is great to know, especially as the NGO (non-governmental organization) environment is fraught with challenges, especially funding.”
At The Salvation Army Bridge-Tauranga, tagged funding is primarily allocated for training to ensure that their team members are up-to-date in the latest and greatest approaches to overcoming drug and alcohol addiction.
Victoria Greenway and Jeff Lees are both Case Workers at the Bridge, and they have been able to access training thanks to Acorn Foundation tagged grants.
Victoria said, “I identified early on in my Case Worker role that I would benefit by doing further study in order to upskill and build upon my previous qualifications and experience. Fortunately, this was made possible with the help of Acorn Funding.”
Jeff commented, “This funding from Acorn Foundation has given me access to vital training that would otherwise be unaffordable.”
Thanks to distributions from the D & L Caird, J Chappell-Mathias, J & P Laing, E Trowbridge and H Schleinkofer funds, tagged funding in 2018 to The Salvation Army--Tauranga has totaled more than $39,000.