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Salvation Army Service Center to reopen in Brownwood

The Salvation Army Service Center in Brownwood will reopen at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 16 after a period of essential repairs and reorganization, the Salvation Army said in a news release.

The press release states:

The Salvation Army is once again able to respond effectively to the needs of the citizens of Brown County.

Many people have benefited over the years from the work of the Salvation Army in Brownwood, and it was not an easy decision to opt for a period of temporary closure while some reorganization took place.

“It was necessary for us to take a step back and assess the best way forward,” said Sharlynda Bedford, Salvation Army Outreach Representative. “We also had to carry out repairs after the pipes burst and the roof and some kitchen equipment were damaged in the winter storm earlier this year.”

After temporarily closing on March 18, Bedford reached out to New Beginning Church pastor Kelly Crenshaw of Brownwood. Crenshaw “has readily accepted the challenge of helping to reopen the service center as interim center manager,” Beford said.

Crenshaw quickly established a working advisory board. “With this council leading the charge, we look forward to improving current services and introducing new programs to better serve the community,” Bedford said.

For many years The Salvation Army has provided a free community lunch and this essential service has continued throughout the COVID pandemic. “We are thrilled to once again provide a free hot lunch to the community,” Bedford said. “Starting Monday, May 16, lunch will be served on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week for anyone who needs a meal, a good chat or just wants to see a friendly face.”

Crenshaw said: “The Salvation Army Service Center is a necessity in Brownwood. My wife and I have attended over the years and after realizing it was closed we didn’t have to think too long to help get it reopened quickly. The Salvation Army’s commitment to the Gospel of Christ and “Doing the Most Good” has always been important to us, so our decision was easy.

All are invited to the reopening of the Salvation Army Service Center at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 16. There will be a brief ceremony to officially reopen the facility, followed by a community lunch.

Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes said he was delighted with the reopening of the Salvation Army Service Center. “This is great news, and I am honored to accept Pastor Crenshaw’s invitation to attend the reopening on May 16 and represent the city,” Haynes said.

To learn more about the Salvation Army or to donate, visit www.salvationarmytexas.org, call (325) 642-4096, or visit the center at 403 Lakeway Dr.

About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army helps more than 30 million Americans each year overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardship through a range of social services.

By providing food to the hungry, emergency relief to disaster survivors, rehabilitation to those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and clothing and shelter to those in need, the Salvation Army the greater good in 7,600 operations centers across the country.

In the first-ever list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the nation’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood