The Salvation Army
|For Immediate Release
April 28, 2015
|Contact: Major Terry Ray
The Salvation Army Announces $5 Million Center of Hope Capital Campaign
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Salvation Army announced today that it is formally moving forward with a $5 million capital campaign to construct a new Center of Hope Family Services Center in Corpus Christi. According to Major Terry Ray, Commanding Officer for The Salvation Army in the Coastal Bend, the Center of Hope will be focused on families and single parents with children providing comprehensive family services to those who are in need of assistance as they work to become self-sufficient. The Center of Hope will also focus on Veteran’s services to assist with housing, employment assistance and counseling to those who have served our country but fallen upon hard times. Funding from the campaign will allow The Salvation Army to construct a 25,000 square foot campus on their current vacant property located at 1508 Leopard Street. The Center of Hope will replace the aging and inadequate facilities on Josephine Street, some of which are over 50 years old.
“We are very fortunate to already have a number of local foundations and individuals that have provided seed funding of nearly $750,000 in the pre-campaign planning stages,” Ray said, “and our organization hopes that the remainder of the funds will be secured in the capital campaign, which is being led by several prominent community leaders.” The Campaign Cabinet includes Larry Elizondo, Chris Adler, Robert Adler, Henry Garrett, Alex Harris, Polly Harris, Gloria Hicks, Glenda Kane, Jerry Kane, Ted Oakley and Linda Strong.
The Salvation Army Center of Hope Family Services Center will fill the gap in services for low income and displaced individuals and families in the community by providing them with food, shelter, and supportive services. The Center will have a significant long-term positive community impact. The Salvation Army’s programs and services are designed to stabilize the client's physical, psychological and financial situation and place them in permanent housing with the skills and resources to remain independent.
Unlike other providers, The Salvation Army assigns a case manager to each client. Meeting regularly with the case manager, each client identifies their individual needs and barriers to success. Together, they develop an action plan to move them from homelessness and helplessness to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. By treating the whole person, The Salvation Army's wide array of programs and services (cafeteria, emergency shelter, transitional housing, clothing, counseling, GED, spiritual counseling, life skills and referrals to medical, child care, employment services, substance abuse treatment) enables clients to have a much greater chance of success than in other stand-alone programs. Additional services are available through the local Continuum of Care by means of referral. The Salvation Army is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
According to Major Ray, this will be one of the most significant projects The Salvation Army has ever achieved in South Texas. “The needs are significant, but this community has shown time and time again that it can step up to meet the challenges we face. I am certain that will happen once again with this project. “Our biggest challenge right now is finding the funding for the project“, Ray added, “and we are hoping and praying there are people out there who have a heart for what we are doing and will feel the call to lead the way in helping us raise the money needed to build this critical service center.”
The campaign is scheduled to be completed in early 2016, with construction completion slated for early 2017. For additional information, please contact Major Terry Ray at 361-728-4673
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