150 businesses, foundations, and individuals put their wallets together and now a shelter worth $1.3 million, is close to being ready. "This is a glorious day for this chapter of the Salvation Army," said one of the presenters at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Within the four walls of the new homeless shelter, an army of supporters helped build a new haven under the Lubbock sky. "There have been so many people who have donated to this project in so many ways," said one member of the advisory board.
The new shelter, just a couple of feet away from the old one, bears no resemblance. Because it's bigger and nicer. "This is something new. We've got 3 laundry rooms. One in the men's, the women's and the family room," said Major Mark Satterlee, Commanding Officer of the Lubbock Chapter of the Salvation Army. "We also have a little more privacy with the new bathrooms," he showed.
The kitchen and dining area are three times the size. There are three spacious family apartments. The old shelter's family rooms were just a single room with two beds. And the men's dorms are set up like suites. The women's side is one big room.
"I think this is an asset to Lubbock and the whole community," said land donor Robert Gentry. Gentry and his late brother, Bruce, donated the land to build this shelter. "My grandmother lived here when the Salvation Army was behind her. She'd be very proud of my brother and me to give this to the Salvation Army," said Gentry.
A building built with care, for people who need care. "It's wonderful, it's a blessing from the Lord," said one man attending the ceremony.
The building is named after its two lead donors, Grady and Doris Evans. More than 700 people eat their holiday meals at the Salvation Army. Before, I was told it was hard to feed that many people. Now, with all this new space, it will make things a lot easier.
Here's a list of items the Salvation Army needs for their facility:
22 wooden bunk bed sets
4 full or queen size beds with mattresses
3 baby cribs with matresses
4 love seats
8 living room chairs
4 television stands
3 washer and dryers