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Salvation Army-Galveston County celebrates acquisition of property for future use as the Moody Family Corps Community Center in Texas City
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Friday, September 07, 2018

Salvation ArmyPounding rain could not drown out the joy and celebration of the ribbon cutting for the Moody Family Corps Community Center in Texas City on Thursday. Close to 70 people were huddled together in chairs or standing under the single tent as shelter from the rain.  

The celebration was to have been a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Salvation Army facilities, but as the date of ground-breaking drew closer the Mainland Church of Christ made an offer to sell their property and buildings for the new center. This meant there would be no ground-breaking because the Salvation Army would be using the existing church facilities with some renovations.  

Though new buildings were no longer needed, the process had been well into the planning stages. Alex Nguyen, LEED AP and Principal form the Studio Red architecture firm was smiling from ear to ear as he proudly proclaimed, “This is the first time I’ve attended a ribbon cutting and ground-breaking ceremony in one.” Once they learned of the change in plans, Studio Red began work on designs for renovations of the current buildings to meet the needs of the organization. 

The new facility will provide church services and a wide range of social services for those in need. They will also be providing an afterschool program for children. “We are seeking to be designated a Boys and Girls Club,” reported Captain Patrick Jones, Regional Coordinator for the Salvation Army.  

Chris Doyle, Advisory Board, Campaign Chair and President/CEO Texas First Bank hosted the event. Salvation Army regional coordinator Captain Jennifer Jones provided an opening prayer. Texas City Mayor Tempore, Phil Roberts thanked the people involved in making the center possible.  

B. J. Hall told her story of recovery from Harvey and how the Salvation Army interceded on her behalf. After expressing her gratitude and praise, she led the group in singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness. The guests were not shy in expressing their own feelings of gratitude as they sang along. Their voices were heard above the sound of the rain.   

Captain Patrick Jones’ passionate mini-sermon was also heard above the pounding rain. Closing prayer was given by Salvation Army Major Mark Brown, who had come down from Dallas for the event. 

Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Texas City Chamber of Commerce and League City Chamber of Commerce took part in the celebration. Ribbons representing each chamber were snipped simultaneously. The guests included donors, elected officials, members of the advisory board, members of the Women’s Auxiliary and community partners. Hey Mikey’s provide ice cream for the guests.

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