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Salvation Army of Tallahassee opens new one-stop-shop to aid area homeless, needy

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Released 4 November 2013

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Salvation Army of Tallahassee opens new one-stop-shop to aid area homeless, needy

 

The $2.7 million renovation project will host a performing arts camp, culinary and life skill classes

Tallahassee, Fla. (November 1, 2013) - An after school performing arts camp, culinary training class and health and fitness programs are just some of the new initiatives taking place at The Salvation Army in Tallahassee.

After more than two years of planning, The Salvation Army in Tallahassee will unveil its new community center on Saturday, November 9.

Salvation Army Captain Julio Da Silva said the community has been waiting several years for a new Salvation Army facility.

The 37,000 square foot building is one of the largest Salvation Armys in Florida and one of the few "one-stop-shops." The facility will serve as a community center, social service office, church, children's area and will also house the family store, formally at 2131 Jackson Bluff Rd.

"The Salvation Army can now offer a variety of life skills training classes, including a specialized sewing class to teach transferable skills for use in the job market," Da Silva said. "We want our new center to be a place of hope, where people can belong, become, and believe."

Da Silva, who moved to Tallahassee three years ago from Louisville, Ky., worked with very successful culinary arts program at The Salvation Army. He hopes to replicate the success at the new facility in Tallahassee.

"We will now have the ability to reach the entire family at once, with consecutive services and areas for all members," he said. "While a single mother attends a life skills class, she can feel secure that her children are in a program in a stable and nurturing environment. When a family is in need of clothing, they can receive a voucher from our social service office and take it next door to find clothes, rather than to an entirely different location."

The new center is located at 2410 Allen Road, off Monroe Street, one block north of The Tallahassee Mall .

The Salvation Army was previously housed in a rental building on West Tennessee Street.

The current location will make it more convenient for Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla county residents to access Salvation Army services, Da Silva said.

The building was formally a professional office building, occupied by The Florida Department of Revenue. The total renovation project cost $2.7 million and nearly a year to renovate.

"The Salvation Army in Tallahassee is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty that has crippled and destroyed generations of families in our communities" Da Silva said. "We will offer a hand up to all those willing to learn, grow and change to move toward a better life. We are educating, inspiring, and ministering to these generations as we empower people to build lives of purpose."

A media event is scheduled for 10:00 and the grand opening, led by Mayor John Marks, will begin at 11:00.

"For several years, The Salvation Army has lacked the facilities needed to run programs that are needed in this community," Da Silva said. "With the completion of this building project, we will have the capability to implement larger feeding programs, beginning with a Community Thanksgiving meal later this month."

In 2012, The Salvation Army served 4,059 people during its Angel Tree program, raised $157,000.00 during its Red Kettle Campaign, which will kickoff this year on November 18, and assisted more than 2,050 people with their utility bills.

The Salvation Army is community supported, and we cannot do this without your help. For more information on how you can help The Salvation Army in Tallahassee call (850) 222-0304.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.


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