Salvation Army's landlord says he won't renew lease Charity faces move during kettle drive

August 16, 1996|By S. Mitra Kalita | S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF

The Salvation Army in Glen Burnie, which for a quarter-century has provided services to North County's needy, xTC may lose its home on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in the middle of its busiest season.

The service organization's landlord has decided not to renew its two-year lease, which expires Dec. 1.

"I have no plans to renew it. No, I do not," Woodrow Ward said yesterday, refusing to discuss the issue further.

The Salvation Army Corps Community Center doubled its size in January 1995, when it moved a half-mile from its old spot at 7483 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. to the new Glen Plaza Shopping Center at 7606 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

A scarcity of lots near Glen Burnie bus lines has kept the group from fulfilling its goal of buying or building instead of leasing, officials said.

Now, they are concerned that if the Salvation Army is forced to move in December, its signature kettle campaign will be disrupted. The kettle drives, which start the day after Thanksgiving and continue through Christmas Eve, account for about a quarter of the group's $200,000 operating budget. The remainder comes from individual donations, the United Way and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

An emergency meeting of the Glen Burnie Salvation Army advisory board will be held Tuesday.

Howard McDaniel, chairman of the advisory board, said the board may ask for an extension of the lease, seek a different location to rent or rent a temporary site while a new one is built.

McDaniel said the Salvation Army has served the Glen Burnie area since at least the early 1960s.

He said the move to the building at the shopping center enabled the Salvation Army to expand its services to include a larger dining room, a worship center and facilities that allowed it to participate in a rotating shelter program for homeless men in winter. The charity also collects food, which it offers for pick up, and clothes and furniture, which are taken to Salvation Army thrift shops.

Between 300 and 400 people seek the Glen Burnie Salvation Army's support every month, McDaniel said.

Although times are getting better economically, said state Del. Mary Ann Love, the Salvation Army's services are much needed in northern Anne Arundel County. "They are so instrumental in getting help to families in this area," said the District 32 Democrat.

Community members said they hope the Salvation Army is able to secure an equally accessible North County location.

"It's been here so long," said Linda Lewis of the North Glen Improvement Association.

"Just being there gives people a lot of security that if they need help, the Salvation Army's there."

Pub Date: 8/16/96

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