THE Salvation Army in Medina is not able to keep up with demand and Captain Peter Jones said it was “gut-wrenching” turning people away.
“People are doing it tough,” he said.
“There continues to be an unstable economic climate.
“People find it hard to find work.
“Many people who worked in the mines are having to sell assets.
“It’s hard for many people.”
Mr Jones said many Kwinana residents applied for 15 jobs that were going at one company.
“There were about 800 applicants,” he said.
Capt Jones said the main reasons people sought help from the Salvation Army was for food and assistance with paying bills.
This year, local firefighters will join Capt Jones and members of the community to raise money for the Salvation Army through the Red Shield Appeal.
The Salvation Army is looking for more volunteers to collect for the Red Shield Appeal on May 27 and 28. Donations to the Red Shield Appeal ensure The Salvation Army can continue to support thousands of people experiencing crisis every day.
Salvation Army spokesman Warren Palmer said just a few hours of volunteering could make a real difference for people experiencing hardship and give hope where it was needed most.
To volunteer as a collector, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvationarmy.org.au/collect.
To make a donation to the Red Shield Appeal, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), or go online to salvos.org.au. Donations can also be made in person at any Westpac branch or by posting a cheque to PO Box 9888 Perth.