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The Salvation Army’s Madison County 360 Life Center celebrates 100 years of caring

This 1949 photo of Christmas baskets ready for distribution is one of many vintage photos that will be on display at the Madison County 360 Life Center’s 100th anniversary celebration. Pictured from left to right are James Snelson (Elk’s Club), Dwight Hanan (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Lt. Marie Shaw, Capt. Ruth Johnson, Al Ward, Jr. (Eagles Club) and Marvin Barnes (Kiwanis Club). (Submitted photo)

Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023

The Madison County 360 Life Center invites the community to join the celebration of 100 years of caring in the community.

The open house will occur from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at 3007 E. 23rd Street in Granite City.

Festivities will include refreshments, photos, articles from the past 100 years, and information on current services and programs. Several past officers will be on hand to visit with attendees.

The Emergency Disaster Services and Booth House Mobile Office trucks will be displayed. Of special interest to children will be the Red Kettle bounce house.

One of the children featured in the vintage photos is Captain Sean Grey, who, along with his wife Captain Cassy Grey, oversees both the Madison County 360 Life Center and The Salvation Army in Alton, Ill. Dennis Rutter, office manager for the Madison County 360 Life Center, also has a long history with the center. “My mom and dad were married here and my mom was a soldier for 70 years. All of us kids grew up here and became soldiers,” Rutter said. “I’ve seen many changes over the years, but the goal is still the same – to meet the needs of the people. I’m glad to say that I’m still excited about being a part of the local Salvation Army.”

For more information about the center, visit online at

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