MORE TO OFFER: Volunteer Lynette Franklin and manager Joy Harvey welcome customers to the new Salvation Army store .
MORE TO OFFER: Volunteer Lynette Franklin and manager Joy Harvey welcome customers to the new Salvation Army store . Molly Hancock

Salvos store relocates

THE Salvation Army Family Store has relocated to a bigger and brighter space, moving to McDowall St from the Arthur St location.

The new store includes a wide shop front, plenty of space to stock clothing and now allows them to supply second hand furniture.

"The new store is larger and more open, giving us the opportunity to stock second-hand furniture,” Salvation Army store manager Joy Harvey said. "We have had stock come from the coastal area, too, which allows more stock for the area.”

The store aims to provide good-quality second-hand items for people in and around Roma.

Ms Harvey hopes that the new Salvation Army store will become a meeting place and a point for people to share their Christian faith and the mission of the Salvos with locals.

"We also want to share the love of Jesus,” she said.

In the lead-up to the opening, Ms Harvey said she had heard there was a lot of interest in the doors opening.

"We had about 30 people through the door within the first few minutes of opening our doors Tuesday morning,” she said.

Ms Harvey has been involved with the Salvation Army for as long as she can remember.

"I was taken into the Salvation Army as a baby, so all my life I have been associated with the Salvos in one way or another,” she said.

"I have served as a salvation officer, which is a minister, and I am also a registered nurse and have done a bit of aged care work.”

Ms Harvey came to be in Roma after her husband

was offered a position as team leader for the

church.

While enjoying being part of the Salvation Army, Ms Harvey is looking forward to immersing herself into the community and getting to know the locals.

The new store currently has eight volunteers who help out on various days and in a range of capacities.

Volunteer Karen Walker said working for the Salvos was a good opportunity for her because she was retired and it gave her the chance to meet new people.

Looking to the future, Ms Harvey hopes to create a special meeting place in the store where they can provide hot drinks and biscuits.


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