MARYS, GA — If picture-perfect weather on grand-opening day is any prediction of future success, then the new Salvation Army Resource Center in St Marys Georgia has a bright future in store. On Oct 30 at 10 a.m. under a clear and cloudless azure sky, Divisional Commander Major Jim Arrowood gave the dedicatory address at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of the new 2,400–square-foot St Marys Salvation Army Resource Center.
“The focus of the center will be to empower and strengthen families and to help train people to be successful,” says Salvation Army Resource Director Charlene Sears.
The new building is made possible because of the generosity and support from the St Marys United Methodist Foundation, the St. Marys Salvation Army Advisory Board, and people in the community. The St. Marys UMC Foundation awarded The Salvation Army a challenge grant of $125,000 for the facility. That challenge was met by the St. Marys Salvation Army Advisory Board and people in the community, making the new Resource Center a reality.
The new facility has already hosted a job fair featuring nine local employers and was attended by over 50 people. “We want to take away any obstacles of people being unemployed or underemployed,” said Sears, adding, “Plans for a computer lab are next on the list as funds become available through gifts and donations.”
Programs that will be taught at the new facility include GED test preparation courses, budgeting personal finances, and preparing for job interviews, Sears said. Business professionals, retired teachers and Camden County Chamber of Commerce members will be among the volunteers at the new center.
The new Salvation Resource Center is located next to the Salvation Army Family Store at 1909 Osborne Road in St. Marys.