Salvation Army of Wake County Breaks Ground on New Facility Announces New Support for its Center of Hope Capital Campaign
Army Still Seeking Year-End Contributions for Facility’s Construction
RALEIGH, NC (Oct. 19, 2010): The Salvation Army of Wake County broke ground on its new facility on Capital Boulevard today and disclosed significant new contributors to the campaign to build the $12 million facility.
At a ceremonial kickoff at the 1863 Capital Blvd. site, campaign supporters turned shovels to begin the renovation and construction process to convert an empty building into the Salvation Army’s complete new facility. It will replace the Army’s existing downtown headquarters which is too small to serve Wake County’s growing needs in tough economic times.
The process will begin with gutting the existing 41,000-square-foot structure, includingdemolition and removal of debris before renovation begins. Salvation Army officials said they hope to wrap up the fundraising campaign for the facility by year’s end and complete the new facility by the fall of 2011.
On hand today were representatives of business and government who have made new financial pledges bringing the total commitments to the Center of Hope campaign thus far to $9 million.
“We’re here to get underway with the objective of dedicating a much-needed new facility by next fall,” said James F. Goodmon, Jr. co-chair of the capital campaign and vice president of Capitol Broadcasting Co.’s New Media Group. Goodmon unveiled the campaign in February with early commitments of $7.1 million.
Today organizers announced new commitments totaling $2 million. They include $500,000 from the City of Raleigh, $500,000 from the Wake County Commission, $200,000 from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, $200,000 from the Stewards Fund and $100,000 each from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, the Carol and Temple Sloan Foundation, Cardinal Trucks International and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina.
Among those previously announced commitments was the largest — a $2.5 million pledge from Stephen and Judy D. Zelnak. The facility will be known as the Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope. Today Zelnak, a retired business executive, was on hand to issue a call for more contributions.
"Judy and I ask all who can in Wake County to join with us in building and supporting the Center of Hope,” said Zelnak. “We were inspired to make our gift because the Salvation
Army has continued to demonstrate that it gets the job done — effectively and efficiently — helping women, children, and families in their time of need. We invite everyone to share in the joy that we receive by being part of this life-transforming campaign."
The theme was echoed by Major Pete D. Costas, Jr., commanding officer of the Salvation Army of Wake County. “This is an important day not so much for the Salvation Army but for the people we serve and the tradition of the Army over the past 123 years to provide for those least able to do so themselves.”
The Salvation Army said the new facility will help significantly to address the unprecedented demands brought on by the greatest economic downturn in more than 50 years. The Army provides a range of services in Wake County that it says were used by the equivalent of nearly 10 percent of Wake County’s population last year for disaster response, soup lines and other meals, help with utility bills, sheltering, counseling and basic skills development. During Christmas the Army also provided gifts for 5,600 children through the Angel Tree program and feeds 175 nightly at its soup line.
“We’re excited by these companies and government bodies who've stepped forward to do the most good for those we see around us,” said Paige Bagwell, executive director of development for the Salvation Army, who currently work out of the South Person Street headquarters which has been at the Army’s site for 60 years.
The Salvation Army will continue to actively solicit contributions from corporate, civic, philanthropic and private sources aggressively through the fall and to year’s end, Bagwell said.
The renovation of the existing structure, which once housed the Edwards & Broughton Printing Co. facility, will include a new 92-bed Barbara A. Goodmon Women & Children’s Shelter that almost triples what the existing facility provides. It also will include a full-service commercial kitchen, classrooms for lifestyle, job and parent training, dedicated space for an expanded pantry and age-appropriate playrooms for children.
The facility will also house a new dental clinic for the homeless and uninsured.
Organizers point to the Salvation Army as having one of the best records for stewardship of donations — some 91 cents of every dollar going to those in need.
For additional information, visit www.buildingthecenterofhope.org