HANNIBAL | After years of providing its social services from offices in the Salvation Army Family Store in Steamboat Bend Shopping Center, the Hannibal Salvation Army has finalized the purchase of property downtown for its social services.
Until the new property is renovated, which will require several months, people needing assistance will continue to apply at the offices at the store. The store will remain at its location in the shopping center, with all the social services eventually provided at the new property.
Major Andy Miller, Salvation Army area commander of Hannibal and Quincy, Ill., reported the details of the purchase at the Feb. 24 meeting of the Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council.
The property was purchased with the Hannibal Salvation Army's Capitol Fund, which is a separate fund that comes from special donations from the public, such as bequeaths, wills and large donations.
Its funds can only be used for capital improvements, including buildings, their renovation and furnishing, and vehicles, according to Salvation Army Envoy Justian Corliss.
Donations from the public for the Christmas campaign and during the year are separate from the capital fund and are used for the social services that people receive all year.
The new property is located at 1011 Church Street next door to the Hannibal Nutrition Center. The house is unoccupied and was most recently the offices of Wamsley Disposal. It is handicap accessible and includes a garage, Miller said, however, it needs major renovation to become the social services center,
Miller is very pleased the new property will offer privacy for the people seeking assistance. Miller said the current center does not have that kind of privacy because it is located in the building where the thrift store operates.
“One of the biggest reasons (to have two locations) is for the confidentiality of people,” Miller said.
The capital fund also will pay for whatever renovation is required and may include an addition to the building. Miller expects the renovation and any alterations to require at least six months.
In addition to private offices, the center will house the food pantry, which is now in the family store. It also will have space for Bible study groups and other services.
Total family services provided by the Hannibal Salvation Army in 2019 included: 1,195 households served, 9,754 people served, rental assistance for 14, homeless prevention services for 36, transportation assistance for 12, referrals to other community programs for 235, clothing items distributed to 565, households receiving medical orders one, households receiving energy assistance 62, grocery orders 991, households using breadline 3,647, people using breadline 6,774, people receiving Christmas assistance 2,597, households receiving Christmas assistance 845, households receiving Christmas food boxes 904 and number of Christmas toys distributed 18,788.
After leading in prayer in the new building to dedicate the property for use of the Salvation Army, Miller said, “It is our intent to keep doing more in Hannibal.”