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

Posted October 19, 2010 10:00 a.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2010 10:33 a.m. EDT

— 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.