Jim Cunningham (Center), chairman of The Salvation Army Pontiac Advisory Board, stands with Captain Heath Sells (left) and Lt. Col. Norman Marshall at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Salvation Army Community Center in Pontiac.
The Salvation Army Begins Facility Renovations
New center will offer much-needed programming for North Oakland County
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., (April 21, 2010) - The Salvation Army took the first official steps in renovating its new Pontiac center with a groundbreaking and dedication ceremony today. The event was well-attended by public dignitaries and community supporters, including Pontiac Mayor Leon Jukowski, Oakland County Commissioners and members of Pontiac City Council.
"This groundbreaking was more than a building renovation- it was the next stage in our sincere promise to bring positive change to the North Oakland County community," said Capt. Heath Sells, commanding officer of The Salvation Army Pontiac Corps. "This new facility will allow The Salvation Army to meet the needs of many deserving families and individuals of all ages searching for a local community center to become a part of."
Scott Thomas of The Salvation Army's Central Territory Headquarters in Chicago, Ill., also attended. "This dedication illustrates The Salvation Army's continued support of Michigan's citizens, including the individuals and families who turn to The Salvation Army for assistance and spiritual fulfillment," said Thomas, who is the Assistant Territorial Property Secretary.
The Salvation Army Pontiac Corps and Wallace E. Holland Community Center will enrich North Oakland County residents with a facility for social services, recreation and fitness, spiritual encouragement and educational programming.
It is expected that remodeling will be completed and the Center, at 469 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd S., will open to the public by the end of 2010. The current Salvation Army building on 34 Oakland Ave. is being marketed for sale.
The Salvation Army has provided services in Pontiac for more than 119 years and in 2008, provided over 100,000 individual services within North Oakland County. Some of these services include legal aid, emergency assistance, after-school programming, a community dining program, day camp, county disaster relief, a worship center, character building programs and various recreation opportunities.
Founded by William Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. In 2008, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing more than 3 million meals and 776,973 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.83 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at www.salmich.org.