CLEVELAND - The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland announced Tuesday that it will be closing its Hough Avenue location and relocating all services to its Superior Avenue location.
“By making these changes, The Salvation Army will realign its resources to areas of greater need,” said Major Lurlene Johnson, divisional secretary of The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland, in a statement. “We are not leaving our clients or communities un-served or underserved.”
The organization said the transition will occur over the next two months.
“I think it’s a sad situation,” said Brian Kavinsky, who is moving into the Hough Avenue neighborhood.
Kavinsky said he was looking forward to seeing what The Salvation Army has to offer.
“Nothing is the same now,” said Winifred Prettyman, a Cleveland resident who considers The Salvation Army Hough Avenue location an important part of her family. “It’s not the same.”
Prettyman said she worked with The Salvation Army lunch program. Her husband was the head of maintenance for the Hough Avenue location for 20 years. Her 10 kids spent a majority of their childhood attending a variety of The Salvation Army’s programs that it offered.
“Everything was just great,” added Prettyman.
The food pantry at the Hough Avenue location has already been relocated to the East 90th and Superior location. The last day for the soup kitchen at Hough Avenue is Friday. It will resume on Jan. 27 at the East 90th and Superior location.