Austin Local News
Salvaton Army Austin breaks ground on two buildings
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Two buildings under construction in Austin will give the area Salvation Army more capability to help families in need. The organization's Jamille Ruebsahm said one building will be a women's shelter and allow them to have more flexibility at other locations in the city.
While most families that come to them a re mothers and children Ruebsahm reported, more fathers and full families are looking for help. Once this shelter is completed, (sometime next summer) this will free up more beds at the downtown campus for men.
Austin is still growing, she continued, and with that growth, the Salvation Army's local resources have been strained. Ruebsahm explained in the last fiscal year, the waiting list for beds was 500 people long. The new shelter will add about 200 beds.