Thrift Store is Closing, but The Salvation Army Johnstown Worship and Service Center is Here to Stay

Jan 15, 2021 | by Stephanie Rex

JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (January 15, 2021) – After over 20 years as part of the Johnstown, PA community, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store at 1025 Eisenhower Boulevard in Johnstown will close on March 1st. 

The first priority of the store was to raise funds to continue offering rehabilitation programs to people in need at no-cost, but current circumstances, including building maintenance costs, as well as the COVID pandemic, have made supporting these programs through this store impossible.  “The decision to close the store was not made lightly,” says Captain Daniel Gonzalez, who oversees The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store in Johnstown, “but after much review, it seems to be the most responsible choice.” 

The Salvation Army regularly reviews the financial performance of its stores, services and programs to ensure maximum efficiency, and available offerings are discontinued only when absolutely necessary. Despite closing down shop at its 1025 Eisenhower Boulevard location, The Salvation Army stresses that assistance for financial hardship and a variety of other life issues will continue to be available through The Salvation Army Johnstown Worship and Service Center located at 576 Vine Street in Johnstown and at other area stores, including locations in Indiana, Somerset and Duncansville. In addition, The Salvation Army’s Johnstown Dental Center continues to accept new patients and will remain unaffected by the thrift store’s closing.

The Salvation Army Johnstown Worship and Service Center will continue to serve those in need in our community. It should be noted that every effort is being made to refer current employees of the store to open positions at other Salvation Army centers. 

“The Thrift Store did provide great value to many families in need,” says Captain Erin Smullen, who oversees The Salvation Army Johnstown Worship and Service Center at 576 Vine Avenue. “Although the store is leaving, The Salvation Army isn’t going anywhere. We’re still absolutely committed to meeting needs by serving this community.”

The Salvation Army would like to thank the people of Johnstown for their understanding during this time of transition and for all of their support over the last 20 years.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 23 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 7,600 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.


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Email  |  Phone: 914-946-3645


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