The Salvation Army of Drumheller celebrated the opening of their new building in style.
They have recently bought, renovated and moved into the old ATCO Electric Building across Highway 9 from Drum FM Studios. The celebration started off with a band prelude that could be heard from the otherend of town.
"It is amazing. The building looks fantastic, the community is very supportive. It has taken us 100 years to get here, we started off in a little house, and we just grew and grew and grew. We are finally here and it is a wonderful feeling," enthused Drumheller Salvation Army Captain Ben Lippers.
2018 also marks the one-hundredth year the Salvation Army has been in the valley. The new building boasts offices, kitchens, food bank storage, a chapel, common room and a storefront.
"We now finally have all of our staff under one roof, instead of having to go to the multi buildings. At Christmas time we are still going to have to for our toys because it gets just too big. But other than that, our regular everyday operations, we are all together. Instead of having to run across town, I can just take a few steps and talk to that person," explained Lippers.
"It is a pleasure to be part of this community and part of this next stage. And we will go forward, and wherever we can help we will help. That's what we have been doing for 100 years and we are going to try and do it again!" exclaimed Lippers.
Captian Ben and his wife Isobel moved to the valley in July and are still playing catch up. Lippers went on to say that now they have gotten the new building up and running they can start to settle in for good.