The Salvation Army of Grand Haven to Dedicate Building Expansion

May 5, 2021

The Salvation Army of Grand Haven is ready to unveil the expansion to its Corps Community Center and will be hosting a public dedication this Saturday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at 310 N. Despelder. Socially distanced tours of the facility will occur after the ceremony and ribbon cutting. 

The $2.2 million expansion adds approximately 5,800 square feet to the current building and includes a new gymnasium/multi-purpose room, kitchen, bathrooms, office space and classrooms. The Salvation Army has been serving Grand Haven for 99 years and the expanded structure will continue to house current programming while allowing for the growth of critical and new programs. 

“Our building expansion began 30 years ago with the advisory board, Corps members and officers who dreamed of one day having a safe place for children and adults to gather in,” said Major Heather Holman, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Grand Haven. “Expanding our current facility to add a gym was a need in our community and so after years of prayer and reaching out to those that would come alongside us, the dream began to take fruition. We dedicate this expansion back to God with thanksgiving in our hearts. We feel so blessed to open our doors and bring hope and security to those in need in our community.”

Participating in the dedication from The Salvation Army will be Lt. Colonels Richard and Vicki Amick from Territorial Headquarters, Divisional Commanders Majors Glen and Carole Caddy, Corps Officers Majors William and Heather Holman, and advisory board member and capital campaign co-chair James Brunner, along with Grand Haven Mayor Robert Monetza. 

Meeting social, spiritual, and emotional needs, The Salvation Army of Grand Haven annually serves an average of 8,500 individuals through year-round services that offer utility, rental and food assistance, emergency and transitional housing, character-building and summer lunch programs for youth, adult enrichment programs and Pathway of Hope, along with seasonal services that provide Christmas and back-to-school assistance. 

Following three years of fundraising to meet the $1.1 million capital campaign goal, the expansion broke ground on Nov. 4, 2019, although construction was delayed until May 2020 due to the pandemic. Gen1 Architectural Group and CL Construction led the project. 

DATE: Saturday, May 8, 2021 | 2 p.m.
LOCATION: 310 N. Despelder, Grand Haven, MI 49417

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