Salvation Army reaches $1.1M campaign goal

Krystle Wagner • Jun 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The Salvation Army’s plans to expand its Grand Haven facility can begin moving forward, as the organization has reached its $1.1 million campaign goal.

Maj. Jay Davis of the Grand Haven corps said the next step involves getting construction site drawings and permits.

The project will include adding a nearly 5,800-square-foot addition to the existing building at 310 N. DeSpelder St. The addition will include a multipurpose room, three classrooms, office, kitchen, restrooms and storage space. It will provide more space for programs such as an after-school program, camps, and distribution of school backpacks and Christmas toys.

Once the construction bids are received and accepted, Davis said they hope to break ground this fall.

Architect Ed Zwyghuizen of Gen1 Architectural Group in Zeeland is working on the project, according to a press release.

The overall project is slated to cost a little more than $1.5 million. Since The Salvation Army has some money saved for the project, the public campaign sought less than the full cost.

The campaign was launched in April 2017 and led by Dave Klaassen, Jim Brunner and Steve Hass. The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation was one of the campaign’s contributors.

“Not only did the foundation contribute $150,000 to this project, but the foundation staff was consistently sharing about our building expansion to the public and encouraging community members to give a gift,” said Jeremy Monteith, the Ottawa County development director for The Salvation Army.

The Loutit Foundation provided a matching challenge and Consumers Energy made a donation toward the campaign.

“We are incredibly grateful for every one of the gifts given throughout this campaign,” Monteith said. “We could not have done it without the generous support of this community.”

In a press release, GHACF President Holly Johnson said it’s a “privilege to link arms with The Salvation Army” and play a role in seeing the project through to completion.

“The programs and services provided by The Salvation Army are critically important to meeting the needs of our most vulnerable citizens,” she said.

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