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Salvation Army opens 50,000 square-foot facility to help people in need

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A new facility opened in northwest Oklahoma City that will help thousands of people in need.

Chesapeake Energy donated $5 million to help the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command open a new facility to help Oklahomans with food, shelter and clothing.

The facility is called the Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope.

It is 50,000 square-feet, sits on 26 acres and can hold more than 100 people a night.

There is a lot of emotion inside the walls of the Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope.

"It's so great that this place is now being used for his kingdom and his people,” said Maj. Carlyle Gargis, Salvation Army's area commander.

In addition to a food resource center, families can stay at the facility in rooms with cribs.

"They need a place that's safe so they don't have to worry," said Gargis.

The facility also has a Hope Chapel, where people can go to Sunday services, a disaster preparedness warehouse and a spacious dining hall.

"We don't want it to be a place where they would feel down. We want to encourage people, encourage them up and restore hope where hope may have been lost," Gargis said.

The facility is still under construction and more additions will come throughout the end of the year.

For more information, visit the Salvation Army's website.