The Salvation Army hopes to find a way to maintain a presence in Laramie after its local office shuts down Friday, according to a spokeswoman.

"Salvation Army is not going away," says Tahreem Pasha-Glenn, public relations director for the intermountain region. "We're still considering a lot of the options, and hopefully in the next coming days I will have some concrete updates."

Pasha-Glenn says the final employee in the Laramie office, Kyla Montoya, has found another job and decided to part ways with the Salvation Army, leaving the office without staff.

"We are grateful to her for her loyal service," says Pasha-Glenn. "She's been with Salvation Army for quite a number of years."

Pasha-Glenn says the goal is to make a seamless transition. Options on the table include the possibility of an employee from a neighboring Salvation Army outfit making weekly visits to the Laramie area.

"We have not come up with a concrete plan, but I'm positive in the next coming days we would," says Pasha-Glenn.

The Salvation Army decided to close its Laramie thrift store at 100 S. 2nd St. in February in order to prevent the unprofitable location from draining resources. That location has since functioned as an office and food bank.

Pasha-Glenn could not comment on future plans for the building as of 11:15 a.m. Friday, but said she hopes to provide more information shortly. We will update this story when that information is made available.

Interfaith-Good Samaritan located in the Laramie Plains Civic Center also runs a food bank and continues to serve the community.

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