The Salvation Army Glendale Corps dedicated its newly renovated building with a special ceremony and ribbon-cutting Nov. 1. The renovation was the result of a $600,000 capital campaign to repair, restore and remodel the facility, once the site of Glendale’s first hospital.
“The Salvation Army is in the business of transformation,” said Lt. Colonel Lisa Smith. She serves as the Territorial Secretary for Program in the Salvation Army’s Social Services office. She first visited the Glendale Corps some 27 years earlier and was in attendance to celebrate its grand reopening. “This completion signals the start of a new ministry,” Smith proclaimed.
The Glendale Corps provides assistance programs to more than 33,000 local families each year, including food, utilities and diapers. To apply for assistance, city residents must provide photo identification and proof of Glendale residency in the form of a current lease or mortgage. A birth certificate is required for children under 18 years of age to qualify for services.
The center also serves as a hydration station, distributing free water throughout the hot summer months. The Salvation Army is well known for its Christmas Angels program and annual Christmas kettle campaign, with bell-ringers prevalent throughout the holiday season.
Community volunteers provide the bulk of the Army’s strength. From its advisory board members and sustaining financial donors to its every day, hands-on helpers. Local businesses, professionals and residents willingly enlist to carry out the Army’s ongoing mission. And with the holiday season upon us, the Glendale Corps is in immediate need of volunteer bell-ringers for its upcoming Christmas campaign.
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible, its ministry is motivated by the love of God and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Glendale Corps offers weekly worship opportunities, with Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. and services at 10:30.
The Glendale Corps has served the community for more than three decades from its location at 6010 W. Northern Ave. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday.
For more information or to volunteer, call 623-934-0469.