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Volunteers help get new foster care, adoption agency ready to open

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Salvation Army is opening a new foster care and adoption office in Allentown.

Volunteers are chipping in Wednesday to get the center ready.

"It's so important to have volunteers like this help our program so we can help more children in our community," said Cindy Berner, community resource specialist for the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army's goal is to give every child a safe home with a loving family, and now, it says it's one step closer.

"We serve about 150 families through the program but the program is growing so much. Last year we had 521 referrals," said Florence Rhue, director of children's services.

Thirty volunteers from the Bethlehem prescription drug discount company FamilyWize are teaming up to get the new center in the 2200 of Hamilton Street in Allentown up and running.

"Our focus is still on helping our local community and we're thrilled to be here helping the Salvation Army," said Dan Barnes, executive chairman and co-founder of FamilyWize.

The Salvation Army says this foster care and adoption office will accommodate a larger staff, offer a new therapy program, and reach more people.

"We're very excited we can kind of spread our roots a little bit throughout the Lehigh Valley and offer more services, have more staff, and just have a bigger impact on families and children that need our services," Rhue said.


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