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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Building Dedication Held for New Salvation Army Fountain Valley Corps Community Center

 

Geof Clark

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and building dedication for the Salvation Army Fountain Valley Corps Community Center was held recently at 208 Cunningham Dr. in Security. The community center had formerly been located in Fountain. Salvation Army Captains Caleb and Christin Fankhauser from the Fountain Valley Corps receive help from President of the Fountain Valley Corps Advisory Council Scott Turner and Salvation Army Lt. Colonel Dan Starett in cutting the building-dedication ribbon. Also present for the event were members of the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Fountain City Councilmember Sharon Thompson as well as other special guests.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and building dedication for the Salvation Army Fountain Valley Corps Community Center was held recently at 208 Cunningham Dr. in Security.

The community center had formerly been located in Fountain.

The new facility allows the organization to expand current programs and add more services for area residents. The building already houses an after-school program providing local families with a reliable, safe and affordable option for children during work hours. Adding services and programs for community veterans are also being discussed.

Geof Clark

President of the Salvation Army Fountain Valley Corps Advisory Board Scott Turner welcomes attendees to the event.

"We want this building to be the heart of this community. If you are in need, you can come here and know that you are safe and loved", shared Captain Caleb Fankhauser of Fountain Valley Corps. "This is an exciting time for all of us. Being in a larger space allows us to help people-in-need more effectively and keep up with the growing needs of the area."

Currently, the Salvation Army provides various programs and services in the area. They include assistance with food, clothing and utilities, youth enrichment programs, after-school care, and Christmas assistance.

"In 2017, we did over $40,000 in utility and rental assistance and at Christmas we helped 143 families with food and toys, an increase of about 45 families from the year before," Fankhauser said. "Our Family Service Office helped over 1,000 individuals with food, utility and rental assistance in 2017."

The Salvation Army has provided support to the local community since 1889. A formal Corps was established in Fountain in 1995.

 

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