Salvation Army opens refurbished center in Fort Worth

The Salvation Army of North Texas has cut the ribbon on refurbished areas of its Mabee Social Service Center in Fort Worth. The center offers shelter, three meals for the homeless daily and a food pantry on Wednesdays.

The Dallas Cowboys and Ashley Furniture started a project called, "Acts of Kindness" earlier this year. They have pledged $500,000 for new furniture at Salvation Army shelters across Texas.

"We fully understand they are doing the heavy lifting," Ashley Furniture's Brittany Stone said. "If we can support them with the resources we have, which is furniture that is gorgeous and comfortable, it's kind of a match made in heaven."

The project delivered furniture to a shelter in Dallas last month. In Fort Worth, couches, chairs, desks and conference tables were delivered to renovate men's and women's areas, a library and meeting spaces.

"We're so excited about this partnership," Katrice Goodman-Madison, the senior manager behavior health programs for Salvation Army in Tarrant County said. "We serve hundreds of men, women and children who come through our doors who are seeking an opportunity to get back on their feet toward self-sufficiency."

"Although they are homeless, we don't look at them as homeless. This is their home before they get to their permanent home."

Salvation Army opens refurbished center in Fort Worth


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Goodman-Madison says the donation will help people feel more at-home while staying with the Salvation Army and provide better spaces for them to learn skills and meet with case workers.

"They can do job searches, look for apartments and other things they need to do," Goodman-Madison said. "They have access to all of those things right here under one roof, and they don't have to go out and find those things."

"This is a stepping stone, hopefully, for them," Stone, with Ashley Furniture, said. "We want this to just be a comfortable space for them as they're transitioning."

The Salvation Army of North Texas says it helps about 80,000 people a year in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton and Ellis Counties. The organization says 60,000 volunteers work a total of 400,000 hours a year.

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