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25 years ago: Salvation Army leader stepping down

February 11, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 11, 1988:

Salvation Army Lt. David Jones stood before his congregation this week and announced his departure from Lawrence and from the organization. During his tenure here, he had founded a shelter for the homeless, headed one of the most successful Christmas fund-raising drives in years, and started the "Biddy Basketball" program attended by 600 children; attendance at the Salvation Army church had also tripled under his guidance. His leaving was not voluntary; Jones and his wife were getting a divorce, and under longstanding regulations, that meant they could no longer work for the organization. Sixteen of the 21 members of the local Salvation Army advisory board had written to the organization's territorial office in Chicago protesting the "abhorrent" regulation forcing Jones' dismissal. "It is exactly the antithesis of everything we believe the Salvation Army stands for," said the letter. "None of us on the advisory board will lend our name to this decision or this policy. While we support the work of the Salvation Army in Lawrence, we thoroughly disagree with the policy and we will do everything in our power to see that policy changed."

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