EVENT Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for new wing at Sally's House

Homeless women in Houston now have a new safe place to sleep at night. The Salvation Army will officially inaugurate its new wing at the homeless rehabilitation and now shelter for homeless women, Sally's House, when it hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 21. The project has been a labor of love for the long-time director of the facility, Gay McCurdy, who was instrumental in making the expansion happen.  

"We noticed there was a need in the transient population of homeless women in our city and we immediately began working on ways that The Salvation Army could help.  We knew there was something we could do to help," McCurdy explains.  

That method of helping, in 2011, almost immediately became setting up a temporary space inside the existing facility where transient homeless women could spend the night and leave in the morning after receiving a fresh change of clothes and breakfast.  By February of 2012 over 1,800 local homeless women had used the temporary space and a handful of them had made the decision to transition into the long term rehabilitation program offered at Sally's House.  

The need for a permanent space to serve this community became even more apparent.

Area Commander Major Chris Flanagan and The Salvation Army Advisory Board adopted Sally's House as part of an ongoing $21.5 million Capital Campaign for The Salvation Army in Houston.  

"As soon as we made our Advisory Board aware of the need they immediately wanted to help," says Major Flanagan.

This month, the New Women's Dorm is now ready to welcome even more transient homeless women.  On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the New Women's Dorm will be dedicated in honor of Mr. Hugh and Ann Roff with a special expression of gratitude to the Houston Endowment Inc.

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