Salvation Army gathers feedback on possible expansion of Madison facility

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MADISON (WKOW) — The Salvation Army of Dane County is looking to expand its facility on Madison’s near east side.

Officials with the Salvation Army say they’ve been in their current facility at 630 E. Washington Avenue since the early 1980s, and they need more space to keep up with the services they offer the local homeless community. Captain Andrew Shiels says the building is an old, renovated school that was never intended to be a homeless shelter.

Shiels says they are in the middle of the planning process for a new facility. They have engaged an architect and are working with city officials, and they are gauging the local neighborhood association and community partners as they work through ideas to develop a formal plan.

Part of the expansion process included a neighborhood meeting Thursday night at Lapham School. Salvation Army officials presented their ideas and got feedback from community members.

“It is not going to fix everything, we know that. But it will also allow us to begin to focus on allowing our families who come to us at the most vulnerable, at the point of crisis, to be able to take them to the next step,” Shiels told 27 News.

Salvation Army officials say they are taking into account concerns from neighbors about police calls and disturbances by people using or hanging around the shelter.

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