With support from West Virginia CARES Act funds and local donors, The Salvation Army of Beckley is building a new community center on Robert C. Byrd Drive that will be a central location for The Salvation Army’s social services to the area, as well as provide a gym, commercial kitchen, a space for ministry, and a warming station.
“The Salvation Army is grateful to the Carter Family Foundation, the City of Beckley, Raleigh County, the State of WV along with anonymous donors who made this project possible,” said Jay Quesenberry, Advisory Board Chair for The Salvation Army of Beckley. On December 26th, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced the distribution of $6 million in CARE Funds designated for health, education, and welfare to this project.
The Salvation Army has been at its present location on South Fayette Street since 1938 and has worked in the community since 1925. With limited space and a growing need for services, new space is desperately needed. The Salvation Army of Beckley serves the Beckley area including the counties of Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, and Wyoming WV.
“We continue to see a growing need among individuals and families for food and emergency assistance, such as help with utilities and housing,” said Major Ronald Mott of The Salvation Army of Beckley. “The pandemic touched the lives of all of us and we continue to see its impact. Families who never needed help with food or rent are having to make difficult choices. We are grateful for the support of donors that allows The Salvation Army to step in to get them the resources they need to survive and thrive.”