The United Way of Lamar County presented a $5,800 check to The Salvation Army of Paris Wednesday to install the fire alarm system.
Adding a new sprinkler system, the accompanying fire alarm system, and a permit was one of the necessary steps toward reopening the Salvation Army’s Emergency Homeless Shelter, which closed in 2017.
Executive Director of the United Way of Lamar County Jenny Wilson stated, “We originally pledged this donation back in 2020 before Covid-19 slowed down everything. But we are thrilled that the sprinkler and fire alarm systems are finally complete, and we are hopeful that the Emergency Shelter will reopen soon.”
The Salvation Army needs to secure the necessary funding and staff to reopen. The United Way of Lamar County pledged $30,000 for the shelter during last year’s fall campaign, contingent upon opening.
For more information on the United Way of Lamar County and its partner agencies, visit www.lamarcountyuw.org or call 903-784-6642.