Harrisburg Salvation Army hosts Grand Opening Celebration with White House Chef

The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region announces the Grand Opening & Community Celebration of their new Worship & Service Center on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Located at 506 South 29th Street, Harrisburg, PA, The Salvation Army Harrisburg welcomes Chef Andre Rush, award-winning White House Chef, combat veteran, motivational speaker, and healthy lifestyle advocate to their event.

We appreciate the donors and community members who made our new campus a reality! Chef Rush is in demand now more than ever thanks to his positive message about the importance of good physical and mental health, as well as his commitment to suicide awareness and prevention within the military and our communities, says Kathy Anderson-Martin, Director of Resource Development, TSA Harrisburg. “The Salvation Army Harrisburg is honored to host him for a special award, conversations, and photo opportunities with our guests.”

Previously scheduled for May 15, the Worship & Service Center Grand Opening was postponed due to COVID-19. In addition, the scope of in-person festivities pivoted to adhere to CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, changing the large group luncheon to a scheduled, reservationonly open house. 

It’s my honor to join The Salvation Army Harrisburg and celebrate their incredible community impact with the children and families they serve. As a motivational speaker sharing a message of hope and purpose, I’m deeply inspired by the thousands of youth I meet each year who have big dreams and are overcoming tremendous odds to receive an education, stay healthy, and make a difference in our world,” says Chef Rush, who does 2,222 push-ups per day to bring awareness to suicide preventionespecially in the military.

The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region opened their new, 39,000 SF location at the crossroads of 29th Street and Rudy Road in September 2019. Since March 2020, the TSA staff has provided more food assistance than in the entire previous year—over 300,000 meals to 8,000 individuals. Additionally, 60 children are currently enrolled in the summer youth enrichment program. Committed to Doing the Most Good, the Salvation Army Harrisburg leadership team is discussing plans to assist with child care needs in the event schools are unable to open in fall 2020.