LED Lighting Upgrade for the Rutherford Street Family Store
The Salvation Army Family Store and Warehouse, located at 203 Rutherford Street, will receive an upgrade of all overhead lighting systems beginning February 15. Currently the thrift store houses conventional lighting throughout the main and warehouse units. The LED lighting upgrade will provide several benefits for both shoppers and those served by The Salvation Army’s Social Ministries Department.
The longevity and energy efficiency provided with the over 360 new LED lightbulbs will provide an estimated savings of $463.86 per month or $5,566.32 per year. This roughly equates to a total of $63,551 over the course of the lifespan of the bulbs. These savings will afford The Salvation Army’s Social Ministries Department to increase utility bill assistance for families in need. The Salvation Army provides utility assistance for families in the midst of financial hardship who would otherwise not be able to pay their bill. Financial assistance is awarded to families based on eligibility and by appointment with a Salvation Army Case Manager. The average utility assistance for a family of four living in a 3-bedroom dwelling is $250 per month. Savings on operational costs at the 203 Rutherford Street Family Store and Warehouse will provide the opportunity to serve an additional 22 families per year with utility assistance.
Funding for this project has been generously donated by Golf for Greenville, a charitable tournament hosted by Fluor International, and matched by contributions from an anonymous donor. The 203 Rutherford Street Family Store received several upgrades, including duct and flooring work, in March of 2016 thanks to funding by Golf for Greenville. The upcoming LED lighting upgrades are the second phase of the Rutherford Street Family Store renovation project.
The Salvation Army Rutherford Street Family Store officially opened in 1998 with 8,500 square feet of floor space. Salvation Army Family Stores are a critical part of the community. Those who choose to donate and shop at any Salvation Army Family Store are giving straight back to their community. Because the stores are fully operated by The Salvation Army, all of the proceeds go directly into charitable work. Income raised through Family Stores goes to support the men’s six month, work therapy rehabilitation program (CSRC).
“The Salvation Army strives to stretch our dollars in order to meet the most needs as possible,”shares Major Pete Costas, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens and Oconee Counties. “This lighting upgrade will have many benefits over the years and will allow us to allocate the savings to support more families living amidst the challenges of poverty. We are very thankful to the donors who have supported this project.”