The Salvation Army converts the bus into a social service center with food and other aid

As a longtime Salvation Army officer, Major Butch Frost drove a church bus to take children and teenagers from Iowa to various youth camps and retreats across the country.

But Thursday morning, Frost unveiled his new ride: a 40-foot-long DART bus that has been transformed into a new mobile social service center aimed at reaching people in need in four central Iowa counties.

“It’s an exciting day. We have been looking forward to this moment for a few months now,” Frost told a small crowd of staff and donors during a new bus presentation ceremony at the Iowa Capital Area Coordination Office. ‘Salvation Army in Clive.

The bus, which was once DART’s signature purple, is now a bright red with the Salvation Army name and logo on the sides. It will allow the Salvation Army to expand its reach in communities where it does not have offices, including natural disaster areas where the organization would have previously relied on vacant space to set up services.

Starting October 3, the Salvation Army’s mobile social service center, stocked with food, personal care items, and more, will visit Polk, Story, Dallas, and Warren counties every Monday.

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