Salvation Army moves into its temporary new home

April 04, 1997|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

The Glen Burnie Salvation Army will be doing good for the next year at least, out of new quarters on the second floor of the Signet Bank building at 511 Crain Highway.

The charity's lease at a local shopping center expired at the end of last month. The move into the new 4,000-square-foot office won't affect services, said Capt. Diane Shingleton, commander of the Glen Burnie office. But, because the lunchroom at the new site is smaller, people coming in for free food "won't be able to hang around," she said. "They will have to eat and leave immediately."

The nonprofit group began offering its food program at the new location Wednesday and plans to have full services next week.

The Salvation Army moved Tuesday, but many people are unaware, officials said. From 50 to 60 people looking for food were going daily to the Salvation Army's office at Glen Plaza Shopping Center, 7606 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. But Wednesday only eight or 10 people went to the Crain Highway office, Shingleton said.

The Salvation Army doubled in size in January 1995, when it moved a half-mile from its old site at 7483 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. to the shopping center. But the center's landlord decided not to renew the group's two-year lease. When it expired Dec. 1, he extended the lease only through the end of March.

The Salvation Army, which has an operating budget of $200,000, has a one-year lease at its new location. The entrance to its office is to the left of the bank.

Shingleton said the group is "looking diligently for a permanent location."

The Salvation Army's new phone number, effective next week, is: 410-766-4841.

Pub Date: 4/04/97

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