Salvation Army says Casper thrift store closure will allow more resources to help serve families and more - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Salvation Army says Casper thrift store closure will allow more resources to help serve families and more

(Salvation Army Casper Corps, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 1230 East Yellowstone Highway in Casper will close on September 30.

The Salvation Army Intermountain Division said in a press release Wednesday that the organization has supported the Casper community for years and plans to continue to offer service to people.

“Suspending the thrift store will allow The Salvation Army to reinvest its time and resources into the community through other programs and services,” the release states. “The Casper Corps currently serves more than 260 families a week through programs like the food pantry and WYStepUp program.”

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“The WYStepUP program helps unaccompanied/single women coming out of prison or at risk of going back to prison find adequate employment that can provide affordable safe housing. The Casper Corps expects the number of programs like this to increase with more time to focus on social services.”

The decision to close the thrift store was made after “a detailed analysis of the store’s operations” in which the Salvation Army determined that it cannot successfully sustain the program.

The Salvation Army said that a future use for the facility housing the thrift store has yet to be determined. The store is offering discounts ahead of the September 30 closure.

“We are grateful to the community for their support, and we will continue to fulfill our mission of meeting human needs without discrimination,” Salvation Army Casper Corps Officer Major Trish Simeroth said. “We look forward to seeing how we can be more effective in the community and what services we might be able to enhance for our neighbors going forward.”

Services at the Casper Corps Community Center at 625 South Jefferson St. and the Hope Center located at 441 South Center St. in Casper will not be impacted by the thrift store closure.