CHICO, Calif. - The Salvation Army had their grand opening of a new facility in Chico over the weekend and Sunday they gathered for a lunch to celebrate.
For the last five years, the Salvation Army has been working to bring a new church and community center in Chico.
Dozens gathered for a big lunch following the open house and ribbon cutting early in the weekend.
Staff said weekly they serve more than 500 people and now they have a program for Camp Fire survivors.
They have already helped provide $1.5 million worth of services for Camp Fire survivors.
"We have a day camp that serves 50 kids, most of them are survivors from the Camp Fire. We offer respite to care providers, we are gearing up to do more senior programs," said Captain Arwyn Rodriguera of the Salvation Army. "We're able to offer more creative and holistic programs in collaboration with our community partners on a higher level."
"Helpful to me and everyone I have seen come into this building and stick around a little bit longer and it has changed a lot of lives including my own," said Pedro Castro of Chico.
The new facility offers a basketball court, nursery, classrooms, a kitchen and offices.