The Ingle Farm Centre is known within The Salvation Army and to the community and government as a model of achievement. It provides a wide range of services and programmes to assist youth, young mums, families in desperate need and seniors. It is a place where those in need can find specialised care or that strengthening hand in times of crisis.
On Saturday August 3, over 300 people gathered at The Salvation Army Ingle Farm Centre in South Australia as the doors of its newly refurbished and expanded facilities were officially opened – a project more than ten years in the making. From The Salvation Army Centre at Ingle Farm a host of services and programmes have developed over the years into a flagship of Salvation Army service to the community.
Majors Paul and Wendy Hateley, officers in charge of The Salvation Army Ingle Farm, say that, “The redevelopment of the centre will make room for all, improve efficiency of service and increase The Salvation Army’scapacity to care for and serve those in the community.”
The community support services have been completely renovated. Additional interview rooms have been built and a new supermarket has opened up. Ingle Farm could previously only see one client at a time – now up to five can meet with support workers simultaneously.
The social programmes operating at Ingle Farm help thousands of people in need or in crisis each year. Eighty per cent of the building is used for community and social programmes. The Salvation Army has responded to the increasing needs of the community, placing great pressure on the buildings and necessitating a significant expansion of the facilities.
The opening of the new Ingle Farm facility is an exciting achievement of 2013 that will mean better outcomes for the community.