A ground breaking ceremony for The Salvation Army McLane Center of Hope took place at 2 p.m. on Monday. The 22,000 square foot building will be located in Temple on the corner of West Avenue G and 9th Street and provide emergency shelter, food, rehabilitation and additional Salvation Army services including life skills training and job skill training. Individuals who qualify for the program will be placed on a six month plan to self-sufficiency.
This facility will be the first Bell County homeless shelter, the only one found between Waco and Austin, and will accommodate up to 100 participants at a time.
The facility will also provide the underprivileged within the community with clothing, food, counseling, utility and rent assistance and medical evaluations.
Danny Dunn, mayor pro tem for the City of Temple, was in attendance as well as the McLane family and dozens of Salvation Army members.
“I would like to congratulate the Salvation Army on the groundbreaking on the Center of Hope,” Dunn said. “It’s been a long time coming and there are so many people in the audience that are responsible for this: the Salvation Army, the citizens of Temple, those on the advisory committee, the steering committee, those who have contributed, certainly the McLane family that over the years have all been so generous in our community. It’s an all to harsh reality that there are those in our world that are less fortunate than others, but I am very thankful that we live in a community that embraces all citizens and that we are a giving community.”
There are 5,000 facilities like the Center of Hope that are in existence across the U.S. that served more than 30 million people last year.
Drayton McLane took the podium to express his appreciation of the Salvation Army and give a brief background of his familiarity of their services.
“They have two mottos: the love of God, and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ; and meet human need,” McLane said. “It’s not just working with people; it’s teaching them to be better human beings and have great hope.”
The McLane family pledged a gift of $1 million dollars to the project, which significantly helped the Salvation Army come closer to their goal of $4.9 million.
For more information, or to make a donation to the Salvation Army center of Hope, please call (254)774-9996 or visit donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/templecohcc.