The Salvation Army in Drumheller, Alta., celebrated the grand opening of its new Community Services Centre in October, during a weekend of events that honoured the Army’s 100 years of service to the community.

The Glenmore Temple Band from Calgary kicked off the festivities as community members, former corps officers who had served in Drumheller, leadership from divisional and territorial headquarters, Salvation Army officers from throughout Alberta, and local dignitaries took part in dedicating and touring the new facilities. The Drumheller Salvation Army currently operates a corps, community and family services, and a thrift store. The new building includes a chapel, offices, kitchens, food bank storage, a common room and a thrift store. With all of these ministries now operating under one roof, rather than in different locations around town, The Salvation Army will be able to more effectively serve the community.

“It is amazing,” says Captain Ben Lippers, corps officer, along with Captain Isobel Lippers. “The building looks fantastic and the community is very supportive.”

The Salvation Army began its mission in Drumheller in 1918 when two officers, Captains Elsie Day and Rhoda Sampson, “opened fire.”

“It has taken us 100 years to get here,” says Captain Ben Lippers. “We started off in a small house, and just grew and grew. We are finally here and it is a wonderful feeling.”

“As we reflect on our history we also project our thoughts to the future and acknowledge opportunities in the days ahead to continue to preach the gospel message of Jesus Christ, provide basic human needs and be a transforming influence in Drumheller and the surrounding community,” concludes Major Margaret McLeod, divisional commander, Alberta and Northern Territories Division.

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