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Salvation Army announces closure of Sudbury downtown men's shelter

New Life Centre shelter will close as of May 10

The Salvation Army has announced the closure of its downtown Sudbury men's shelter. 

The New Life Centre shelter will wind down its operations in the coming weeks, closing as of May 10.

“This decision has been an incredibly difficult one for The Salvation Army,” said Major Bruce Shirran, executive director, of The Salvation Army in Sudbury, in a press release. 

“After significant assessment and exploring all alternative options, we came to the unfortunate realization that it is no longer viable for us to continue operating this facility. We want to thank our employees, as well as the Sudbury community, for all of their support over the years.” 

The Salvation Army is committed to supporting employees and the 20 clients affected by this closure, said the press release.

Over the coming months, The Salvation Army will be working with the City of Sudbury to ensure those in need continue to receive the support they require. 

The Salvation Army is also working closely with the United Steelworkers Union Local 2020 to ensure employees are receiving the support they need during this process. 

The Salvation Army will continue to serve women, parents and children in need through its Cedar Place facility. 

In addition to the shelter services available at Cedar Place, residents of The City of Greater Sudbury can continue to access The Army’s support through various services and programs, including local food bank, emergency and disaster services, spiritual care, and our local thrift store, said the press release.

“The Salvation Army is proud of the role we’ve played in the Sudbury community for the past century, and we want to reassure residents that we will continue to serve and support the community locally,” said Major Pat Phinney, divisional secretary for public relations and development. 

“We welcome and encourage residents to access our various support programs as needed.”