Salvos open $3.8m Rockingham centre
Excitement is building at the Rockingham Salvation Army Corps' $3.8 million centre this week, as it counts down to its official opening on Saturday.
Lieutenant Darrell Wilson said the opening ceremony at 11.30am would feature special guests Salvation Army Southern Territorial leaders, Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, and WA divisional commander Major Wayne Pittaway, and the celebrations would continue into the night with a free concert by African orphans the Watoto Children's Choir at 6pm.
Lt Wilson said he looked forward to showing the public the new building, which had 18 working spaces, including mixed and private offices - 13 more than the old building that was used since 1980.
"We now have air-conditioning, a specialised eating area, two meeting rooms and a boardroom, purpose built op-shop - instead of operating from the old green shed - and public access to internet in time," he said.
"We want the building to be flexible and welcoming, and when people walk in they feel more hope.
"Our commercial-grade kitchen is double the size of the previous one - it's incredible.
"Everyone is excited but we are still working out how best to work in this space."
The building was acquired by legacies, wills and bequests left to the Salvation Army for capital works and grants, plus $220,000 from Lotterywest towards fit-out costs, $62,000 from the Rotary Club of Rockingham for the kitchen and a $29,000 donation from a community member for solar panels.
The centre will continue to offer services for the needy and will expand to offer a youth drop-in centre.
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