The Salvation Army is well known for offering practical help and support during times of crisis… but the role of the local Salvos Family Store and Church in the Gladstone community has perhaps been understated.
In this unpredictable economic climate, the open doors of The Salvation Army are proving to be a haven of family and friendship for many locals. Care and support extends well beyond financial assistance and bargain-priced clothes.
Rae Wisnewski says that one of her aims as Family Store Manager is to promote a sense of family and belonging for shoppers and volunteers alike.
“We want everyone to experience our store as a place where you can know and be known, valued and loved. It might sound a bit sentimental, but it’s not really”, says Rae. “In the end, it’s what we all need. Connection and a sense of purpose.”
The leader of The Salvation Army in Gladstone, Lieutenant Chris Ford, explains that the Salvos believe they have something to offer everyone.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are a shopper looking for a bargain or a volunteer needing somewhere to work and gain skills, you are welcome here”, says Lieutenant Ford.
Whether you are a parent wanting wholesome activities for your family, a person seeking answers to questions of faith or simply need a place where someone genuinely wants to know how you’re doing, Lieutenant Ford says, “Step through the door and find out”.
Gladstone Family Store, 161 Auckland Street, is open from 9 am – 4pm Monday and Thursday; 8:30am – 4 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9:30 – 2pm Saturday.
For information about community and Church activities at 198 Goondoon Street, call 4972 6878 during office hours.