Salvation Army site opens ahead of schedule, under budget

A patron shops for bread a the daily bread line at the new Salvation Army Emergency Shelter and Family Services complex at 501 Broadway. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)
Posted: Mar. 22, 2013 8:04 am Updated: Apr. 5, 2013 8:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Good news came in threefold fashion Thursday for the Salvation Army:

• Its new Emergency Shelter and Family Services complex opened at 501 Broadway.

• The renovation work to the facility that formerly housed the Inman Gallery was completed on schedule.

•  And the project came in under the original $2.2 million budget at about $2.08 million.

"The efficiency in operation this new facility will provide will be tremendous," said Chad Rodgers, the director of operations who oversees both the Emergency Shelter and Family Services new site and the nearby Kroc Center.

Rodgers said it will be easier to utilize the combined resources of both sites. The Kroc Center, which houses other Salvation Army services, programs and offices, sits just southwest of the Emergency Shelter and Family Services on the opposite side of Broadway.

"We'll be able to serve the public better and much easier," said Elizabeth Flynn, the Salvation Army's regional manager of family services. "We'll be able to be more responsive to the needs of the public. It's exciting, because we've been planning this for so long. We are so grateful for this facility."

Most of the week has been spent moving in to the new site while trying to maintain services, including such things as the morning bread line.

"It's been busy, but we're thrilled to be here," Flynn said.

The new building had been in the planning stages since 2008 and was originally not scheduled for completion until later this spring.

Construction of the new shelter and family services site had been sought because the two offices have been in leased buildings far removed from each other. The Family Services Center has been operating out of the former Adams County Health Department at Sixth and Broadway. The emergency shelter had been on the Quincy University North Campus at 18th and Seminary Road. Buses have been used to help get people to the shelter, about 2½ miles from the downtown offices.

Maas Construction was the principal contractor for the new facility that measures 9,960 square feet and was the second major undertaking for the Salvation Army in two years. It follows the construction of the $24.5 million, 98,000-square-foot Kroc Center, which opened in September 2011.

Rodgers said the renovation of the former Inman Gallery was able to get done ahead of schedule because of better-than-expected weather in the late fall and early winter.

"The contractors were able to get the exterior work done before the bad weather arrived," he said. "That allowed them to work on the interior during the (rest of the) winter."

The only major physical portion of the project that remains is landscaping when the weather warms up.

When construction began last fall, there was still money that needed to be raised — about $250,000. Donations covered the needed gap and there were no delays of any kind in the project.

The project was made possible through available Salvation Army funds, private and civic donations to a 2011 fundraising campaign and a loan for an undisclosed amount.

None of the money that was available for construction of the Kroc Center could be used for the shelter/family services project. According to the terms of Joan Kroc's designated bequest, no Kroc dollars may be used for direct service to clients, such as food, clothing or shelter, or for construction of transitional housing or emergency shelters.

"The Salvation Army emergency shelter is important to Quincy and Adams County because it is the only shelter within more than 100 miles that serves both families, and single men and women," said Patty Douglas, the Salvation Army director of development.



The new shelter can provide a maximum of 16 beds and combinations of individual and family rooms for those in need. The site will employ seven individuals, four full-time and three part-time.

The shelter aids about 300 people each year. It helps those who are homeless, or displaced by fire, flood or other emergencies. It also offers life skills classes that help people find work and affordable housing.

The family services facility provides food, clothing and help on payments for people in danger of becoming homeless.