BATON ROUGE, LA (February 18, 2015) – The Salvation Army will officially break ground tomorrow morning on its new 10,000 square foot Homeless Shelter in Baton Rouge at 10 a.m. off 7361 Airline Hwy. The new facility will provide dormitory style lodging as well as common bathing and dining facilities.
Captain Brett Meredith shares about this new project, “We are very excited at the potential to serve more people that are in need in Baton Rouge. It will not only provide safe temporary refuge for the general homeless population in the region, but we will also look to serve our Veteran’s that are in need in the community.”
The new shelter will be twice the size as its existing structure allowing it to accommodate up to 50 beds. This will be the first building project at The Salvation Army since 1996.
“For those who are not sure if there is a need for this type of temporary refuge, last year The Salvation Army’s Bed –N- Bread Lodge housed 4,141 nights stay, and served more than 8,000 meals to the homeless. We expect that the need particularly in specialized groups such as Veteran’s needing a safe haven will only increase in the days ahead”, says Meredith.
Captain Brett Meredith will be speaking at the ceremony along with Mayor Holden and Advisory Board Chairman Gerald Garrison.
The shelter was designed by Post Architects locally, and the funding was given through generous grants from The Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation, The City of Baton Rouge, and United Way. There is also still a need to raise a portion of the construction cost of this new facility.