Local Goodwill and Salvation Army work together on property transition

Two local charities are working together on logistical changes to better serve each of their ministries in the Augusta area.

The Salvation Army of Augusta is moving its Family Store at 3362 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta. After some remodeling, Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA will move into the Wrightsboro Road space, opening a retail training store and a Goodwill outlet next month. Beginning Monday, July 6, The Salvation Army Family Store will be temporarily suspending clothing donations and a Goodwill attended donation station will be set up beside the store to accommodate any donations.

“Our organizations were both born from the Methodist Church, and working together on this transition illustrates the seamless garment of service we have formed in this community,” noted Goodwill president and CEO Jim Stiff. “Together we move people out of crisis to a stable place and then give them skills, self-sufficiency and a career path.”

The Salvation Army of Augusta has operated the Family Store and donation center on Wrightsboro Road since 2015. The original Family Store operated out of its Center of Hope which opened in 1974. Goodwill operates five retail training stores and 11 attended donation locations in the CSRA. The Wrightsboro Road location is attractive to Goodwill because, in addition to the opportunity to open a new upscale retail thrift store and relocate the Goodwill outlet, the location includes a 25,000 square foot warehouse that will be used for storage and provide program space for Helms Career Education industry certification training.

“We are pleased to partner with Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA to better serve our community,” said Maj. Douglas McClure, Area Commander, and Senior Kroc Officer. "This move will allow The Salvation Army to focus on improving their customer's experience in the Family Store and help both ministries carry out their missions of serving the Greater Augusta Area."