Sal­va­tion Army finds new home

Church pur­chases for­mer ATCO build­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Sal­va­tion Army is on the move and with a new fa­cil­ity, will be bet­ter suited to serve the needs of the com­mu­nity. The Drumheller church just pur­chased the build­ing at 90 Rail­way Av­enue, which most re­cently housed ATCO Elec­tric’s lo­cal of­fices.

“It’s been a long time com­ing, so it is a very ex­cit­ing time,” said Cap­tain Jen­nifer Hil­lier of The Sal­va­tion Army.

The fa­cil­ity is just over 9,300 square feet. With this pur­chase The Sal­va­tion Army is able to bring to­gether its church ministry, com­mu­nity ser­vices, in­clud­ing the food bank, and thrift store, all un­der one roof.

“It is just one level, so we will be sep­a­rat­ing the build­ing into dif­fer­ent sec­tions. The thrift store op­er­a­tions will be in the front of the build­ing (south side) the other sec­tions of the build­ing will house our com­mu­nity ser­vice and Church ministry,” said Hil­lier.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity for the con­gre­ga­tion and the users of its ser­vices will be met with the new prop­erty.

“Many peo­ple know we have been look­ing for an ap­pro­pri­ate space for quite some time. Our cur­rent prop­er­ties have been chal­leng­ing in many ways for us, so this new space will be ac­ces­si­ble, it’s all one level so there are no stairs. We will have the ap­pro­pri­ate mech­a­nisms in place to ac­com­mo­date folks with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties, so that is re­ally ex­cit­ing for us,” said Hil­lier.

It will also al­low the church to more ef­fec­tively de­liver their pro­grams and even grow.

“When we think about the long term and the vi­sion for our com­mu­nity ser­vices, and pro­grams we have been run­ning, I think it opens up new doors for pro­grams and maybe in­vite some new peo­ple in be­cause of the lo­ca­tion and ac­ces­si­bil­ity,” she said.

There are no firm time­lines for the move. There will be ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions to the fa­cil­ity be­fore they can in­habit the space. Hil­lier says they an­tic­i­pate it will be well into 2018 be­fore they are able to move.

The new space will help cre­ate ef­fi­cien­cies.

“It will be nice to get in there and get es­tab­lished and re­di­rect more of our re­sources back into our pro­gram­ming. That is a key part of the vi­sion, it will en­able us to bet­ter serve the com­mu­nity,” she said.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Sal­va­tion Army will soon be on the move hav­ing pur­chased the for­mer ATCO Elec­tric build­ing on Rail­way Av­enue for its church, com­mu­nity ser­vices and thrift store.

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