A survey of Salvation Army youth programs in more than 80 cities shows more than eight in 10 saw increased demand from children and families in the past year as the nation's high jobless rate and cutbacks in government and private funding strain charities.
The survey found 56 percent of the youth programs - including camps, preschools, daycare and after-school programs - are operating at or beyond their capacity. Since 2008, 41 percent had to cut back services or close programs because of insufficient funding.
In the report, "Growing Up in a Downturn," Salvation Army Commissioner William Roberts writes that the increasing demand shows parents across the country are facing daily questions about how to provide for their children.
The report says many programs will see similar pressures throughout 2012.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.