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Marysville Salvation Army opens larger facility

The Salvation Army's Marysville/Tulalip Community Center building gets bigger with potentially more programs in the future.


Christopher Andersson

Marysville city councilmember Donna Wright, along with various Salvation Army officials, cut the ribbon to the organization's new Marysville/Tulalip community center building on Oct. 18.

The Marysville/Tulalip branch of the Salvation Army moved into a greatly expanded community center where they held their ribbon cutting and dedication on Oct. 18.

The local Salvation Army last year served more than 1,500 meals and logged more than 1,200 volunteer hours in support of the poor and destitute of the area.

"We have a unique calling to help the desperate and the needy," said northwest division Divisional Commander Doug Tollerud who was at the ribbon cutting. "You see those panhandlers in front of stores or out in the street, well those are the ones we want to see in here," he said.

The organization also provides clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags and support with utilities and transportation to those in need.

Ministry leader Michelle Rutherford said she hopes to expand the programming from the local Salvation Army, including creating a Friday night program for youth to hang out and enjoy themselves someplace safe.

Many community members contributed to the opening of the new facility, including Van Dam's Abbey Carpet & Floor in Marysville, who helped with the carpet.

The group is always looking for more volunteers as well. Volunteers can help with their morning coffee hour, their "Kids Club" program, their community dinner on Wednesday nights or help with bell ringing during the upcoming holiday season.

People who want to volunteer can call 360-926-2228.


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