Salvation Army of Wake County breaking ground on $12M facility

Posted October 19, 2010

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— The Salvation Army of Wake County broke ground Tuesday on a $12 million facility to replace its 60-year-old site in downtown Raleigh.

It was also announcing new multi-million dollar contributions by foundations and local government bodies. The event was at 10 a.m. at 1863 Capital Blvd. 

"This is the first time in decades the Salvation Army has turned to our community to help us better meet the mounting needs we see all around us in Wake County," campaign co-chairman Jimmy Goodmon said in February.

Goodmon is vice president of Capitol Broadcasting Co., the parent company of WRAL.

The campaign had already received $7.1 million in pledges in February, including $2.5 million from Stephen and Judy Zelnak and $1 million from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.

The new center, which will be in a renovated building that formerly housed a printing company, will include a 92-bed shelter for women and children that is more than triple the size of the Salvation Army's current shelter.

The building also will include a dental clinic for the homeless and uninsured, a commercial kitchen, classrooms for job and parenting training, an expanded food pantry and age-appropriate playrooms for children.

"In this time where we can see evidence of need all around us – even in a prosperous city like Raleigh – we have an obligation to do the most good, and that's a real challenge with our current facilities," Paige Bagwell, the Salvation Army's executive director for development, said in February.

The Salvation Army of Wake County helped more than 120,000 people last year. Still, because of space limits, the organization turns away up to 80 families a night who are seeking food, shelter or other needs, officials said.


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  • Adelinthe Oct 19, 2010

    andy2 - "This great news and can be a model for the nation."

    We can only hope...because the Salvation Army would be a wonderful model for every charity to follow.

    I read somewhere their CEO only makes $13,000 per year, while the CEOs of other charities often make in the millions.

    God bless.


  • citizen08 Oct 19, 2010

    $12M is a reasonable price to renovate a structure to house those beds and the services they intend to provide. This figure may also include equipment, not just the building costs.

    @heremeaj- school buildings are not as easy to renovate compared to a warehouse building because of existing structure height limitations. Ffitting all the modern HVAC and MEP systems required for a comfortable learning environment is difficult in 1950's school buildings.

  • heremeaj Oct 19, 2010

    Like RB I have investigated charities and SA really gets top marks for stewardship - and their average donation is 25 dollars! When I lie in my warm, safe bed in freezing weather I will delight in knowing that because of this move so many more people will have safe shelter. Think I will celebrate by sending them a donation because it could be ANY of us who needed them. I work with a group of formerly homeless people, and many are educated and were hardworking, just had some bad circumstances. I lost my own job a year ago after 14 years was laid off - I could BE one of those women.

  • havensink Oct 19, 2010

    Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for renovations all the time, not just new buildings.

  • heremeaj Oct 19, 2010

    The SA needs new space because they have so much demand for the shelter, especially for women and children. I have seen the shelter space in the old building and it is tiny. SA spends so much less on administrative costs than other charities do so more goes to the people they are trying to help. God bless them for all they do - they are all that stands between women and children being on the streets in many cases. There are so many more options for men but very few for women, esp w children. I applaud them for using an existing building instead of building a new one. Wish the school board would do the same intead of building new schools.

  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 19, 2010

    Rev. B you are correct about the "Breaking Ground" it did cause a big misunderstanding about what was going on, I too wish they would take better care in wording, I think it would cut down on a whole lot of negativity on line. :-)

  • Adelinthe Oct 19, 2010

    bronzegoddess - "The new center, which will be in a renovated building that formerly housed a printing company!"

    Then I stand corrected, but the headline and the first paragraph say "Breaking Ground."

    If this is an existing building being refurbished, then no ground is REALLY being broken.

    Interesting how reporters word things.

    God bless.


  • bronzegoddess40 Oct 19, 2010

    The new center, which will be in a renovated building that formerly housed a printing company! READ PLEASE BEFORE POSTING

  • 7birdman Oct 19, 2010

    They wouldn't need that big a building, but with Obama distroying the economy, more people need the Salvation Army.

  • citizen08 Oct 19, 2010

    did any of you read the article? It says they are renovating an existing building that housed a printing company, not building a new building. The $12M is being spent on a LARGER facility to help more people than their current capacity.