April 9th, 2014 – Oklahoma City, OK
The sound of cheers and party horns filled the air Wednesday morning as the Central Oklahoma Area Command celebrated the placing of the final beam at the new Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope. The state-of-the-art, 50,000square foot facility has been under construction since June of 2013, and is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2014.
Area Command employees, advisory board members and the general public were in attendance for the ‘Topping Out Hope Celebration” ceremony. Upon arrival, everyone was invited to write a message of hope and place their signature on the steel crossbeam. The program opened as Captain Carlyle Gargis, Central Oklahoma Area Commander, welcomed the crowd who had gathered, followed by words of hope and inspiration from Advisory Board Member Hans Herman Thun III.
The Center of Hope will be a new building complex placing major Salvation Army programs and services together for a one-stop location to provide comprehensive family, community, and social services. This beautiful 26-acre, campus-like setting provides for future expansion and growth. The Center of Hope will include designated space for social services; emergency shelters for men, women and children; food pantry; community outreach and an administrative center for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command.
At the conclusion of the event, Jeff Lara, Director of Operations & Programs, led a tour of the Center of Hope construction site, which offered a first-look to the Area Command employees into their new office complex. On hand for the tour was Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Commander, Major Steve Morris, who offered his congratulations and approval of the great work that was being accomplished at the construction site.
For more information on the Oklahoma City Center of Hope, visit the Central Oklahoma Area Command online at www.salvationarmyokcac.org