On Thursday, the local chapter announced a $1.1 million campaign.
The roughly 5,800-square-foot expansion of the center at 310 N. DeSpelder St. would attach to the existing building, and it will include a multi-purpose room, kitchen, office, three classrooms, additional storage and restrooms.
So far, more than $750,500 — or about 70 percent of the campaign goal — has been raised.
Salvation Army Ottawa County Development Director Jeremy Monteith said they’re thankful for the families, businesses and individuals who have contributed to the campaign, and they’re confident they will reach the goal.
With the Doing the Most Good campaign underway, Capt. Sally Davis of the Grand Haven corps said they hope to reach the goal as soon as possible so they can then begin looking at the next step of the project.
The addition will be welcoming and handicap accessible, Capt. Jay Davis said. It will improve daily operations, and give them the opportunity to enhance their current programs and expand their reach into the community, he added.
The addition will house programs such an after-school mentoring program (Community C.H.I.L.L.), free summer lunches and life skills classes, and serve as the place for school supply and Christmas toy collections.
In the future, The Salvation Army plans to offer sporting and other recreation opportunities, Jay Davis said.
In 2016, the local Salvation Army helped 8,678 individuals through social services, 48 with emergency/transitional housing, 119 with rent assistance, 1,020 with utility assistance and 2,259 with the food pantry. The organization also last year distributed 336 backpacks with school supplies, distributed Christmas toys and food for 1,060, and served 3,576 summer lunches to children. Additionally, 968 people were served through adult programs and 3,911 infants through 18-year-olds were assisted through youth programs.
Part of the funds raised in the campaign includes a $125,000 grant from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Foundation President Holly Johnson said she saw many familiar faces as she entered The Salvation Army for the campaign announcement Thursday morning, which indicated to her that everyone is “family.”
“If we all link our arms up together, we can achieve amazing things,” Johnson said.
Sally Davis asks the community to spread word of the campaign and to make donations.
“We cannot do this alone,” she said.
Donations can be made online at http://sagrandhaven.org/, or mailed to 310 N. DeSpelder St., Grand Haven, MI 49417. Mailed donations should be noted that funds go toward the campaign.
For more information or to schedule a tour of the current Salvation Army facilities, contact Monteith by email at [email protected]