About 97 percent of the goal has been collected or pledged in donations since it was announced in April 2017. A little more than $32,000 remains before The Salvation Army is able to take the next steps, said Capt. Jay Davis of the local corps.
The campaign will fund a 5,800-square-foot addition to the main building at 310 N. DeSpelder St. in Grand Haven. The addition will include a multipurpose room, office, kitchen, three classrooms, restrooms and additional storage space.
Davis said they’re required to raise or have pledges for the full amount before the next steps, which include construction drawings, getting bids and breaking ground. He said they would like to have the final amount raised within the coming weeks or month so they can begin take the next steps by August or September.
The overall project is slated to cost a little more than $1.5 million. The campaign goal is less than the overall cost because The Salvation Army had money saved to put toward the project, according to Davis.
The multipurpose room will be used for day camps, the summer food program, and the distribution of Christmas toys and school backpacks.
In 2016, the local Salvation Army helped more than 8,600 individuals with social services, 48 with transitional/emergency housing, 119 with rent assistance and more than 2,200 through its food pantry. It also distributed 336 backpacks with school supplies, served more than 3,500 summer lunches, and distributed Christmas toys and food to more than 1,000 people.
“The Tri-Cities-area has been a generous community not only for The Salvation Army but for many of the other activities that have been going on in the community, (such as) the Imagination Station and catwalk,” Davis said. “We’re just one out of many the community is giving to, and to be able to raise $1.1 million in a year’s time with all the other activities going on, it’s a generous community that does that. We want to say thank you because we couldn’t do it without our volunteers.”
Donations can be made online at sagrandhaven.org, or mailed to The Salvation Army, 310 N. DeSpelder St., Grand Haven, MI 49417. Mailed donations should note the funds are to be used for the campaign.