IMG_0039Today, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command commemorated the completion of the outside structure of the new Center of Hope with the Topping Out Hope Celebration.

The event began with attendees signing their names on the last piece of steel as The Salvation Army Brass Band entertained with festive tunes.

Area Commander Captain Carlyle Gargis welcomed all in attendance along with special guests including Councilwoman Meg Salyer, Commissioner Dana Murphy and Major Steve Morris, IMG_9998The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Commander.

Advisory Board Member Hans Herman Thun, III spoke briefly about the legacy The Salvation Army has had in Oklahoma City and its goal to continue “Doing The Most Good” in Central Oklahoma with the Center of Hope. As the countdown ran down, joyous sounds rang out as the steel beam came to rest and The Salvation Army Brass Band played.

The Core to Shore redevelopment has given The Salvation Army the unique opportunity to strategically plan for the future by upgrading programs and services to better serve a growing and dynamic Central Oklahoma.

The 50,000 sq. ft. Center of Hope will house all programs and services under one roof which are offered at the current location consisting of five buildings. The $14.5 million, one-stop location will include a comprehensive network of family and homeless services including shelter, emergency food, clothing, utility assistance, social service case management, multi-purpose space/IMG_0065chapel, disaster relief, rehabilitation referrals, and parenting and life skills classes.   The Salvation Army still needs your help with $2.1 million left to raise.

With the outside structure complete, work will focus inward to meet the projected move-in date of September 2014.