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Resource center coming to Camden
ST. MARYS -- Space limitations have made it a challenge for the Salvation Army at St. Marys to offer services, but that won't be an issue by late summer.

A ground-breaking ceremony Thursday signaled the start of construction of a new social services and resource center in Camden County.

The building will be next to the Salvation Army store at 1909 Osborne Road, said director Charlene Sears.

Funding for the 2,400-square-foot building came from proceeds from the store, donations and a $125,000 grant from the St. Marys Methodist Church Foundation. Total cost for the project is $259,000.

Plans also include expanding the family store with the help of Habitat for Humanity volunteers. "We currently have a very small amount of space to work with," Sears said.

After the new building is completed, it will enable staff and volunteers to offer programs at no cost to those in need.

The new programs will include GED test preparation courses, budgeting personal finances and preparing for job interviews, Sears said.

A new computer lab will enable people to go online to search for jobs and learn basic computer skills.

"A lot of people we'll help don't have the money to have computers or the Internet at home," Sears said.

Business professionals, retired teachers and Camden County Chamber of Commerce members will be among volunteers at the new center. "We have a lot of skill sets on our board," Sears said. "We have a lot of opportunities available."

Meeting space will be available for groups with an educational and ministerial focus, Sears said.

"We can make a difference and get people to stand on their own two feet," she said. "It helps us help the working poor."

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