GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-The grand opening of a new Salvation Army family store happened this Thursday in Grand Junction. The ribbon cutting brought in people from all walks of life hoping to support the Salvation Army, and in turn, Mesa County.
The Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army, Steve Staneart, was excited about this new venture. He says the demand was great enough to open this new family store, and he hopes it will help those in need. "People see the fundraising effort, but they don't always see where it goes. It stays right here in Grand Junction and we do the most good with it," says Staneart.
The Salvation Army raises money for many different programs throughout the area. These can range from youth programs to drug and alcohol rehabilitation. The Salvation Army even feeds an average of 45,088 people in Grand Junction every year. For those who rely on the services provided, the Salvation Army may actually save their life.
"You know, I probably wouldn't be here if it weren't for the Salvation Army's program that they have here in town," says Stan Dowdy. Dowdy has worked for the Salvation Army for eight years now, and is a former addict. He attributes his sobriety to the Salvation Army. Dowdy's journey began in 2005 when he first decided to join the adult rehabilitation program. For him, the program helped him gain back his freedom. "Being able to interact with other human beings just on a regular level, not running from the law, not looking over my shoulder. Not worrying about that next fix or the money for the next fix. Just to be free from that lifestyle and that addiction, thank God for the Salvation Army," Dowdy says.
When shopping at a Salvation Army family store the money goes directly to such programs. The new family store is located on 240 North Avenue and is open from 9 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday. They accept donations as long as they are in adequate condition.