PLEASE NOTE: Although THE FAMILY THRIFT STORE will have a mini-shop set up for fun at the Open-House, they WILL NOT BE RELOCATING. THEY WILL REMAIN AT 1615 CLARION AVE in Petoskey.


The Salvation Army to Host Family Friendly Open-House on Thursday, October 13th from 12-6PM

PETOSKEY, MI, September 19, 2022 – The Salvation Army of Petoskey recently acquired a facility that will become Petoskey’s new Community Center. The building is located at 2350 Mitchell Park Drive in Petoskey and was previously home to the Red Cross. The 35-year-old building needs many repairs, updates and renovations before it opens. The estimated cost of the renovations is 1.2 million dollars and The Salvation Army hopes to have it completed by late Spring of 2023.

“The renovated facility will provide solutions to many existing issues that have been limiting the quality and capacity of many programs and services” says Envoy Greg Irwin. “It is barrier free, has enough parking space for the public, green space for outdoor play and room to expand critical services such as Community Meals, and Children’s programming”. Since the onset of Covid, financial need and the need for prepared meals have more than doubled and there remains a shortage of children’s programs in our area. Due to the expense of renovations and expanded programming, The Salvation Army is requesting donations to enable them to continue serving the increasing amount of need in our community.

The OPEN HOUSE will be held at 2350 MITCHELL PARK DR on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH from 12-6PM. The public is encouraged to tour the facility and examine blueprints on display demonstrating the projected renovation projects to include commercial kitchen features and a new playground for the Bible Adventure Corps program that provides children of low-income working households help with homework, snacks, activities, field trips and more every weekday from 3:30-6PM while Petoskey Public Schools are in session.

There will be many fun activities for kids, food, music played by Tim Nixon of Lite 96.3, prizes and more. There will be free brats and Polish dogs from Plath’s Meats, burgers from Louie’s Fresh Market served on rolls from Johan’s Bakery, chips, popcorn, refreshments and fresh apple donuts and cider from Uncle Franks Apple Town. Prizes will be drawn all day and include gift cards from Walmart, J.W. Filmore’s and a new electric EGO Leaf Blower from Meyer Ace!

Kids will enjoy painting pumpkins from Bill’s Farm Market, face painting, balloon twisting with Jania Taylor The Magic Lady, and jumping in a huge bounce house. Walmart will be on site offering free vision screening for the kids and we will have a few free winter coats on hand for children in need and a costume exchange for parents.

Bring a little spending cash to browse our mini-thrift shop, purchase bubble tea or frozen yogurt from Snickerdoodlz or throw a pie at one of the following community leaders for $2 from 4-6PM: Mayor John Murphy, Pastor Envoy Greg Irwin, Petoskey Public School Principal Jon Wilcox, St Michael Academy Headmaster Andy Moe, Northern Knights President “Murph”, EMS Director Brian Patten and Michigan Community Service State Trooper Corey Hebner.

The Salvation Army of Petoskey helps thousands of local individuals and families each year. To give, please visit online and click on “Donate Now”, drop-off or mail a check or money order made out to The Salvation Army to their local office located at 712 Pleasant Street, or you may donate gently used items and shop at The Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 1615 Clarion Ave in Petoskey.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, 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. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. For more information about our ministries, programs or services, please visit or call (231) 347-3531.