The Salvation Army officially closed on the purchase of its new Grace Place location at 505 W. 8th St. in New Richmond on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Duana Bremer, director of Social Services for the Salvation Army in the St. Croix Valley, hopes to have the building up and running by next spring.
“At this point, we are starting to organize volunteers to help clean up the building as well as preparing for the start of our capital campaign to raise the funds for the renovations that need to be done before we can use the facility,” Bremer said. “We are still hoping to be moved in by next spring, but there are a lot of things that need to be updated before that is possible.”
Bremer estimates the upgrades to the new space will cost close to $200,000 due to the remodeling that needs to be done to bring the building up to code, as well as make sure it can accommodate the 35 or more residents the Salvation Army hopes it can house when the building opens in the spring.
“We need to do some remodeling on most of the major common areas such as the kitchen, dining room and the education room,” Bremer said. “One of the biggest things that needs to be added is a sprinkler system since the building was built when it was not required to have such a system.”
The new building, which was sold to the Salvation Army by Presbyterian Homes for $1 earlier this fall, would also need to be fitted for three more bathrooms before it can fully function as a Grace Place location, according to Bremer. Along the same lines, the existing bathrooms will need to be updated with showers to replace the bathtubs that are currently in the rooms.
“We’ll take a look at what furniture we need for the living spaces and probably need to get a few more dining room chairs to seat everyone,” Bremer said. “We also will need to put in a security system to ensure everyone who lives there is safe.”
To help cut costs, the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with every phase of the remodel, including clean up, construction and set up in the spring.
“We are looking for volunteers to help with the clean up and to get the facility up and ready when everything is done construction-wise,” Bremer said. “Any help we can get would be great.”
To volunteer to help with any part of the remodel, contact Julie Messer at 612-644-1443.
“If you are interested, give her a call and let her know what your skill level is and what you want to do,” Bremer said.