Salvation Army to Temporarily Close Homeless Shelter

 Springfield - Soon, the Salvation Army will have a new homeless shelter in Springfield in just over a year.

In the meantime though, the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center will serve as a temporary operational center for it's current programs.

"It's a good and bittersweet kind of situation that we're moving to a new location," said Salvation Army Major Steven Woodard.

While the agency moves the shelter to it's new location on 9th Street, Corps services such as the food pantry and others will continue at different locations according to Woodard.

"Our current programs are going to be able to stay intact.  To run utilities, food assistance, children's programs, and senior program," added Woodard.

He also said that the new building will not only help more of the homeless, but will provide more space for future services.

"We'll be able to provide more beds, moving from 36 to 52 beds in the new facility.  Currently, we have one room for space for doctors to be able to come in and utilize that.  We're moving to three office spaces for exam rooms so they'll be available.  We'll be able to expand our food pantry."

Due to the length of the construction on the new building other groups are stepping up to help house the homeless.

Helping Hands will take in more male residents, while the Contact Ministries will take in more women residents.

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