La Crosse marks Salvation Army Week

Mayor Tim Kabat proclaims National Salvation Army Week in La Crosse

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat has proclaimed the week of May 9-15 as Salvation Army Week.

Mayor Kabat made the announcement on Monday morning.

The week is meant to recognize the organization and the many volunteers that make a difference in the community.

One of those volunteers is Tom Claflin.  He’s been working with the non-profit for more than 20 years and says the La Crosse Salvation Army offers a lot to its community.

“I recognize that they are the only action in town with regards to homeless shelters and what not so they play an extremely important role to our community in those that need help.  Its just a privilege to be part of it,” said Claflin.

The Salvation Army first opened in La Crosse in 1896 on 200 Main Street.  The organization moved to its current building on 8 th and State Streets in 1955.  According to the Salvation Army, it’s the only emergency shelter of its kind within a 100 mile radius and operates the largest meal program in the area. 

Various events are planned in La Crosse as part of Salvation Army Week.  For the full list, click here: http://www.salvationarmylacrosse.org/la_crosse/army_week