WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Emergency Shelter suffered damage during Hurricane Florence, forcing it to temporarily close until repairs could be made.
More than six months after the storm, the shelter will reopen May 20, 2019, inviting guests and residents who need the services offered.
“The reopening of the Red Shield Shelter reimplements a vital service for the Cape Fear area,” said Major Mark Craddock, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army of Cape Fear. “The Shelter offers a temporary solution as The Salvation Army continues to move forward on the creation of the Center of Hope to be constructed at 1220 N. 30th St. The Center of Hope will provide a permanent home to the Red Shield Shelter, Social Services, and Administration while offering enhanced services to individuals and families.”
The Red Shield Shelter operates with 52 beds for men, women, and families.
All guests receive the option of enrolling into The Salvation Army Life Skills program offering up to six months of residency, nutrition, educational support classes, partnerships with Cape Fear Community College, and other local businesses. Upon completion of the Life Skills program, residents graduate with a resume of consistent employment, stable housing, community service, educational success, and a pathway to stability.
An open house celebration will take place at the shelter located at 820 N. Second Street Thursday, May 16, 2019, 4-7 p.m.