The Salvation Army is building new facilities in Austin to greatly expand our capacity to serve families and others in need in our community: The Salvation Army Rathgeber Center for Women and Children, and the Citadel Corps Community Center and Area Command. Both projects are being built on land donated by philanthropist and Salvation Army Advisory Board Member, Dick Rathgeber, to serve the most vulnerable of our citizens.
Corps Community Center and Area Command
The Corps Community Center and Area Command on Manor Road in Rathgeber Village is set to open Fall of 2018 and will include a chapel, gymnasium, classrooms, kitchen, multi-purpose room, and administrative offices. It will serve as a center for worship, ministry, outreach, music education and youth programming. Grand Opening ceremonies will be held October 3 with festivities beginning at 9:30 a.m. at 4800 Manor Road, Austin, 78723.
Click HERE to view photos of construction progress of the Corpus Community Center and Area Command.
Rathgeber Center for Women and Children
The Rathgeber Center for Women and Children is being constructed on Tannehill Lane in two phases, with completion expected in early 2019. It will include 63 new bedrooms for women and children with a total capacity of 214. In addition to bedrooms for families, the center will also feature a new kitchen and dining room, case management offices, a computer learning center, multiple community rooms, a children’s playground, and a success closet.
Click HERE for view photos of construction progress of the Rathgeber Center for Women and Children.
To join a Hard Hat Tour of either of these facilities, please email us at AustinDevelopment@uss.salvationarmy.org.
Downtown Shelter and Social Services Center
In addition to the new facilities, the renovation of the Downtown Shelter and Social Service Center will be completed in mid-2018 with upgrades to many internal systems as well as the exterior, transforming the original red brick into stucco.
“Thousands of people in our community are shut out of the prosperity that so many enjoy,” said Major Andrew Kelly, The Salvation Army Austin Area Commander. “Among them are women and children who are experiencing homelessness and sleeping in cars or other unsafe places. The new shelter will be a safe haven for them and will help them move from crisis to self-sufficiency. In addition, our Corps Community Center will provide character building and music programs to children who are at risk in our community, to aid them in maturing into young men and women who will have a positive impact on their neighborhood.”
The Salvation Army is continually working to secure the necessary funding to operate these facilities at the maximum level through individual and corporate contributions along with public and private grants. To learn how you can help, please contact Kelly Perkins at 512-634-5907 or Kelly.Perkins@USS.SalvationArmy.org.
Click HERE to view entire 2018 Annual Report – reporting on fiscal year ending September 30, 2017.