The Salvation Army Looking to Raise More Than $150,000

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Salvation Army in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is relying on the help of neighbors to keep its shelter open.

One of the ways you can help is by sponsoring a bed for $485 dollars a month, which is how much it costs for one neighbor to live at the shelter.

The Salvation Army needs $155,000 dollars to provide 72 beds for the homeless.

The organization will ask the Harrisonburg City Council and the Rockingham Board of Supervisors for help, but it also hopes for help for neighbors as well.

Capt. Duane Burleigh said giving a home to those in need is a community effort.

"If this shelter closes, there are going to be 45 to 50 men and women on the street. There is no other place for them to go," said Burleigh.

Burleigh also said this fundraiser is the first of a three phase plan.

He hopes next year people will sponsor more beds and give endowments for the shelter's rainy fund.

The deadline for pledges and money is May 15.


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