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Salvation Army to temporarily cease operations

The Salvation Army, which has served Athens since 1916, will pause local operations starting on September 30.

Sheldon Greenland, CEO of the local organization, says the shutdown will allow the nonprofit to recalibrate shelter services following a significant funding shortfall. If the organization is unable to come up with the money, Greenland says their shelter services could permanently change.

In addition to reorganizing and repairing the shelter, the staff plans to convert the old retail space, formerly the Salvation Army's thrift store, into a transitional family shelter. Last year, the Athens chapter fell short its fundraising goal by $60,000 and has missed the mark on some key grant opportunities.

The projected reopening date is October 21st.