The Salvation Army of Harrisburg will soon embark on a long-anticipated journey. On September 10, 2018 – after more than 10 years of studies and planning – crews will break ground at 29th Street and Rudy Road and begin construction on a new Service and Worship Center
The project, scheduled for completion by late summer 2019, was designed to fill the need for increased program space for the Harrisburg Capital City Region. The current location at Green Street was constructed in 1954. With its mere 17,000 square feet, it no longer supports The Salvation Army’s local day-to-day functions.
In May 2015, The Salvation Army purchased seven acres of land and kicked off a capital campaign to raise funds for construction to commence. When the project is completed at 29th Street and Rudy Road, it will provide almost 39,000 square feet, greatly increasing the Corps’ capacity to serve the surrounding community. In addition, the land is ideally situated near local schools, a central bus route and clients with great need.
Over the course of the campaign, 75 different businesses, foundations and individual donors contributed to fundraising efforts, and public support for the project has been remarkable. The construction portion of the campaign recently came to a close when The Salvation Army of Harrisburg received funding from a New Market Tax Credit Allocation via Community First Fund and Chase Bank. The Salvation Army will continue to pursue capital funding for equipment, furnishing and other items to ensure that the building will be fully functioning upon its completion.
The finished center will include a multi-purpose area, chapel, commercial kitchen, administration and volunteer suite, emergency disaster vehicle garage, family services suite, education wing, gymnasium, nutrition education kitchen and outdoor recreation areas. It will also feature “green” (environmentally-friendly) designs such as native plants and trees and a stormwater system that will be able to treat six million gallons of rainwater annually.
During fiscal year 2016-2017, The Salvation Army of Harrisburg served 18,917 people in need at its current location on Green Street. This included 128,753 food assists; 14,228 clothing, utility and household assists; 6,560 educational sessions and many more services. The Salvation Army anticipates being able to provide assistance to many more community members once it moves to the new location.
We here at The Salvation Army look forward to sharing project updates as construction progresses. We are grateful for the ongoing community support that makes this transformational undertaking possible.
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