The 23,030-square-foot project on 2.5 acres was launched with a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 23, 2019.

Salvation Army Aurora Corps dedicates $8 million community Center

AURORA, Ill., Oct. 8, 2021 — Salvation Army Aurora (Ill.) Corps held a dedication service Sunday, Oct. 3, for  an $8 million community center at 550 Redwood Drive in Aurora.

Salvation Army Major Daniel Hull, property secretary, Salvation Army central territory, addresses a dedication ceremony Sunday, Oct. 3, for Salvation Army Aurora (Ill.) Corps’ community center at 550 Redwood Drive in Aurora. (Salvation Army photo)

The center features a chapel, classrooms, kitchen, gymnasium, lobby, food pantry, social services office, 112 parking spaces and home for a mobile canteen.

The 23,030-square-foot project on 2.5 acres was launched with a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 23, 2019. Torn down to make way for the project was a former Moose lodge that once housed a church and a Salvation Army community center.

Joaquin Rangel, Aurora Corps major and pastor, opened the dedication service with a welcome and invocation.

Clayton Muhammed, Aurora chief communications and equity officer, read a proclamation from Mayor Richard Irvin celebrating the event. Major Dan Hull presented a ceremonial key. Capt. Heather Montenegro, accompanied by Lt. Col. Patty Richardson, led “Shine on Us,” a congregational song.

Other speakers were Alfredo Martinez and Tammy Pruit, Aurora Corps soldiers, who gave a “A Look Back”; YPSM Joy Caro and advisory board council chair, who gave “Looking Forward”; Commissioner Brad Bailey, territorial commander, who gave the dedication message; Commissioner Heidi Bailey, president, women’s ministries and territorial leader for leader development, who gave a dedicatory prayer; and Major Enrique Azuaje, who gave a benediction and closing remarks.

Salvation Army officers pose for a photo at a dedication ceremony Sunday, Oct. 3, for Salvation Army Aurora (Ill.) Corps’ community center at 550 Redwood Drive in Aurora. (Salvation Army photo)

Aurora Corps milestones…

Salvation Army Aurora Corps dates to 1885 when it opened in a store front. In 1973, Aurora opened its Second Horizon senior center. A New Life House for boys opened in 1975 and Aurora Corps began a Hispanic ministry in 1991.

Aurora Corps soldiers helped the community in relief efforts during a 1996 Aurora flood. In 2019, Aurora Corps officers and Metro Division Emergency Disaster Services provided support at a mass shooting at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora.


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Al Benson
Freelance Photo-Journalist

Al Benson is an Aurora-based freelance photo-journalist. He is currently an archives research specialist at Aurora University. His work has appeared in The Voice, The Daily Herald, The Beacon-News, and the Chicago Tribune.



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