Case Statement for a comprehensive campaign to meet both capital and program needs in the future.
Hot Springs is the premier resort community in Arkansas with a reputation for hospitality. The downtown is burgeoning; surrounding lakes, hills and natural springs make tourism the #1 industry; and retirees flock to Hot Springs Village, making it the largest gated community in the U.S.
But there is another side to this rosy picture. Though the overall economy has been improving, the cost of living is comparatively high for a small city in Arkansas and the available jobs are mostly in the service sector and traditionally low wage. This leaves some, particularly women and families, at risk.
The Salvation Army of Hot Springs serves a three-county area from its headquarters at the corner of Malvern Avenue and Crescent Street. With a thriving Red Shield Café that served nearly 35,000 meals last year and three popular Family Stores, The Army is a well-respected organization that collaborates with other strong community agencies to provide services to those in need. While most needs, such as rent & utilities assistance and food for the hungry, are being met, there remains a gap in service for women and children. Homelessness is a growing problem for this population, and the Salvation Army is well positioned – in terms of location, resources and reputation – to address this issue in the community.
We believe the best service for this at- risk population is to begin a program called Pathways of Hope.
The Pathway of Hope Program seeks to address the root causes of poverty for families, some of whom may be homeless. This program provides increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency. If launched, the Pathways of Hope Program will provide an established, proven method to address the needs of families.
Expansion of the Salvation Army campus will allow the organization to more fully live out its Mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name, without discrimination. Currently, all clients seeking emergency food assistance get a hot to-go meal but are exposed to the elements as no adequately sized dining room exist. Confidential meeting rooms for social services, classrooms for client learning and an updated chapel will all be important in the work of the Army for this community. Though well-located for optimal service, the current facility is more than 50 years old. Renovation and expansion of the main Family Store, including a larger warehouse for donated items, will give the Army the opportunity to be make the store more profitable and thereby provide resources to better serve the community. Lastly, more personnel with specialized skills will be needed to carry out expanded programs. This will require increased annual fundraising.
By having an indoor dining area, confidential meeting rooms, updated chapel, renovated family store, and a larger warehouse for donations, The Salvation Army could better serve the greater Hot Springs Area for many more years to come.
Costs for these renovations and additions include:
1. Purchase a Family Store warehouse
to create additional Social Services space $300,000
2.Transform an existing store into
Social Service/Multipurpose space $200,000
3. Staff expansion and budgeting $50,000
4. Endowment for operations expansion $2,000,000
5. Program expansion to Clark and Montgomery Counties $50,000
6. Renovate existing administration offices and
Evangelic worship spaces, an area not updated
since 1963. This includes the need to increase
handicap accessibility, bathroom updating and a full
kitchen update. $200,000
TOTAL – $2.8 million
Would you consider helping us in the lofty endeavor?