User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

75° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options


TEMPERATURE LOCATION | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Room To Grow

April 18, 2014, 9:55 PM by Perry Groten

Room To Grow

It's been two months since the Sioux Falls Salvation Army closed its Thrift Store on North Cliff because of dwindling sales.  But if the Salvation Army has it's way, the building won't sit empty for long. It's planning on moving many of its social services offices into the vacant space next door.

Once a month, Sioux Falls seniors gather in the Salvation Army gym to snack and socialize.

"It's just a fun get-together. And we always have lots of good food," Lou Lueth of Sioux Falls said.

The Salvation Army provides the main course, while many of the seniors furnish the treats.

"That's the funnest thing.  I make always a dessert, they always look for my big pan.  What did you bring today," Lueth said.

The program called "Senior Neighbors," fills a void for the elderly living on the east side of Sioux Falls.

"There's not many places on this side of town that people can go to get together," Lueth said.

But now Senior Neighbors may be on the move to make way for a younger set.  The Salvation Army is looking at relocating the program to its former Thrift Store across the street.  The move would free-up the gym for more kids to take part in activities like  basketball and volleyball.  The Salvation Army also wants to get the wheels in motion for roller skating nights. 

"I think that that's something missing.  Kids use video games more, we need more activities where they're doing things, moving," Major Betty Bender of the Salvation Army said.

It's not just gym space that's in-demand.  The Salvation Army is feeling the squeeze of crowded offices. 

"We have some staff who really don't have an office, we use a classroom and have a phone in there so we have multiple use of that area," Bender said.

The makeshift offices would give way to permanent work spaces at the old thrift store.  That would allow the Salvation Army to serve more clients, more efficiently.

"We try our best to help them understand that when they come to the Salvation Army, we're in it with them.  It's no longer them alone," caseworker Gee-Gee Kitzler said.

There are times when the line of people waiting to see the Salvation Army caseworker stretches all the way down to the end of the hallway.

"It can be hard for people coming here for something else to get through the crowd in the waiting area.  And then sometimes we run out of chairs and we have to keep putting them farther down the hall," Bender said.

The hope is that moving the waiting area to the old thrift store would not only provide clients with more room, but also more privacy.  The changes may still be months away, but those in the Senior Neighbors program have mixed feelings about making the move next door.

"I'm sure that they'll have it fixed up nice over there, I don't know about the parking, if will be as good parking," Lueth said.

But the Salvation Army wants to turn the negative of closing its thrift store into a positive by expanding its social services and making more people feel welcome here.

"This is kind of home," Lueth said.

The old thrift store would also be equipped with kitchen facilities to help with feeding programs for low-income families and the elderly.

Previous Story

Next Story


Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View featured stories

You may also like

Rooftop Gardens Blooming In Sioux Falls

8/24/2014 10:00 PM

They're good for the environment and they bring a little nature into urban areas. Rooftop gardens used to just be a "big city thing."

Full Story | Watch
Raising Awareness Through Tragedy

8/25/2014 10:06 PM

The Klinghagens didn't have a carbon monoxide detector and Mollie Klinghagen died at the age of 54.

Full Story | Watch
Disconnecting To Reconnect

8/26/2014 10:12 PM

The chance to be in tune with your creative self is the main purpose of The Retreat at Pointer's Ridge.  Resting along the Big Sioux River, n...

Full Story | Watch
A Far Cry From Home

8/28/2014 10:00 PM

But sometimes it's tougher on the parents, especially those who are dropping off their child on a college campus for the very first time.

Full Story | Watch
Vandalism Won't Stop Meeker Ranch Preservation

8/27/2014 10:00 PM

Law-enforcement officers for the Black Hills National Forest continue to investigate a case of vandalism to a historic ranch on U.S. Forest Service pr...

Full Story | Watch