A Grand Opening

On a warm October day, dozens of people including the local press and community leaders came out to see the ribbon cutting on a new building at The Salvation Army of Tupelo, Mississippi. It was a building years in the making, and a project that was funded by the generous donations of the community. The Jim Ingram Lodge Red Shield Lodge is a place that can help bring hope to those in need.
It was a facility named after the late Jim Ingram who was a supporter of The Salvation Army in Tupelo. His children were there to help cut the ribbon on the facility and to speak to those in attendance about the work their father did to help. “He saw the Salvation Army feeding people; he saw the Salvation Army clothing people; he saw the Salvation Army giving people shelter,” said his son Jim Ingram Jr. That legacy is what helped inspire the project that included the new shelter and a renovation of the community center.
This new shelter extends The Salvation Army’s ability to serve those in need by expanding to accommodate 50 people. This new building features space for families, who before had to live in separate quarters. The facility is a place where those who have nowhere else to go can find a clean place to stay, a shower, and a warm meal in the newly expanded Soup Kitchen. The event included a tour of the new facility to share the work that The Salvation Army continues to accoplish in Tupelo.