The Salvation Army has permanently closed its Main Street location in Winfield and announced that local coordinator Crystal Martin is no longer with the organization.
“We are grateful for Crystal Martin’s service to The Salvation Army and we thank her for her efforts leading our Cowley County services,” officials with The Salvation Army of Kansas and Western Missouri, said in an email response to questions from NewsCow. “Unfortunately, our annual fundraising campaign came up short and we are unable to support this position. As a result, her time with our organization has come to an end.”
The Salvation Army leased its building at 1105 Main and it will go back to the landlord. All of the decisions have come to pass in past few weeks.
In an effort to continue servicing and providing ministry to Cowley County, Salvation Army officials are talking with several organizations who could be partners in providing important services.
Many local officials have said they were unclear as to Salvation Army’s plans for the future. Brian Stone, director for Cowley County Emergency Management, said Salvation Army had provided support services, like food and beverages, for personnel at the scenes of emergencies.
Stone said his organization plans to use a similar canteen service operated by the Red Cross, when the need arises.
Salvation Army officials said they remain committed to serving the needs of Cowley County and will continue to do so without an office.
Residents who need assistance can call a toll-free number and staff will return their message. That number is 1-800-336-4567.