The Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter in Tuscaloosa hosted a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, commemorating five years since the April 27, 2011 tornado.
The celebration began at 4:50 p.m. and the community was invited. Many city officials were on hand to officially cut the ribbon and re-open the facility. The original building was wiped away five years ago.
The new center of hope homeless shelter has 73 beds with areas for men and women, families and veterans. The large cafeteria also doubles as a community storm shelter.
The Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Board Chairman Ken Swindle says the event will be a time of thanking the community and for worship.
“To bring everybody in, in this community, that's opened their hearts up and helped us to build this new shelter,” Swindle said of the purpose of the event. “The whole community's invited, and we're just wanting to say thank you and praise God.”
The new shelter opened in Feb 2016 along Greensboro Avenue. Wednesday was a time for the public to see the new facility, which also includes a community safe room.
The grand opening coincided with the time the tornado struck Tuscaloosa at 5:13 p.m. on April 27, 2011.
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