Tuscaloosa Salvation Army to rebuild thanks to Alabama Power grant

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Thanks to a donation from Alabama Power, the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army will now be able to rebuild.

The Alabama Power Foundation on Monday will give a $25,000 grant to the Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa to help rebuild the homeless shelter lost in the April 27, 2011, tornado.

Salvation Army chairman Ken Swindle said the group has budgeted $6.1 million to build the new facility and that donations are still needed.

The new Center of Hope homeless shelter, on the corner of 29th Street and Greensboro Avenue, is 33 percent complete with the foundation laid, walls up and partial roofing.

The new facility will include a state-of-the-art kitchen and cafeteria with a large dining room, which will double as a community tornado shelter.

A social services department with a lobby and reception area, an outdoor children’s play area, three wings of dormitories and five family apartments will also be part of the facility.

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