New Salvation Army homeless shelter opens in Olathe

February 26, 2014 by  

The Salvation Army has dedicated a new shelter in Olathe, Kansas. The new facility will house families in a brand-new, $2.3m building in the city’s downtown. The one-story brick structure is located on the Salvation Army campus, and replaces the old shelter, which was 67 years old and had once been a motel.

The current housing has 41 beds, which will increase to 60 in the new shelter. The larger number will allow the Salvation Army to keep up with the increase in homelessness that has occurred in the region. The current facility is full and has a waiting list of approximately 50 people, which often increases in bad weather when people can no longer remain in their cars or camp in tents. Mark Martsolf, who is a Major in the Salvation Army, said the organization could probably build three more housing lodges and would still not have enough space for the people who need help.

Dining tables and chairs, as well as sofas, should arrive within a few weeks, at which point current residents will move from the old housing to the new building. The Salvation Army notes that the new lodge will be a “much more uplifting space”.

Salvation Army officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for Olathe residents, describing their new facility, promoting their services, and urging citizens to support their efforts.