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New Salvation Army men's shelter opens in Waterloo

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With two more beds and a lot more room, the Waterloo Salvation Army opened a brand new men's shelter on Monday. 

The old facility, on Logan Avenue in Waterloo, could hold 16 men with limited privacy and room, whereas the new facility on Argyle Street, can house 18 men and has many other additions. 

"While they are with us, this is our home and it needs to feel like their home," said Grace Fee, Social Ministries Coordination for the Salvation Army. 

Members of the Salvation Army say this new house was much needed. They were all smiles as they cut the ribbon to open the new shelter.

"I've actually been out on the street before, I've actually lived on the street before, and it's not a good thing," said Randy Smith, Waterloo. A home is something Randy Smith did not have. 

The Salvation Army is hopeful they can help others like Randy.

"We have a lot of homeless men, I am not going to pretend to say we are going to be able to meet all of the need that exists," said Major Harold Poff, Salvation Army Executive Director.

The Salvation Army said the 16 men who lived at the current men's shelter on Logan Ave traveled one by one down to their new home on Argyle Street.

The men were excited to move out and move on with their lives.

"I am excited, it feels like a new start basically," said Smith. "I love the old house, but moving into a new building makes it feel like a fresh start for everybody and I know a lot of the other gentleman are feeling the same way."

The Salvation Army is hopeful they can help men in need in Waterloo.

"In some cases all they need is simply for someone to care that they exist and that they have problems," said Poff.

They've already made one man's life better - Randy, who is grateful for the shelter and says the Salvation Army has been a huge life saver.

When the men arrived at the new home Monday they received a clean set of clothes and new room assignments. Organizers say, they have two empty beds, but they have no doubt they will be filled soon.   

The men at the shelter are also provided with resources to help them find a job.

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