OKLAHOMA CITY-- Under beautiful and sunny Oklahoma skies, the brand new Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center Of Hope was officially opened in Oklahoma City. This beautiful building cost a little more than $15 million dollars.
Major Carlyle Gargis, area commander of Central Oklahoma for The Salvation Army praised the generosity of Oklahomans. “You can tell the heart of a community by how much they care and reach out to the people most in need,’ said Gargis.
The largest sponsor was the Chesapeake Corporation and the center as named in Chesapeake’s honor. This state of art facility includes three sections for residential housing, as well as laundry facilities, common rooms, meeting areas and a large client choice food pantry, stocked with groceries that you’d find a most typical super markets. Transit operation services are also located at the center and provide mobile assistance to senior citizens.
The Salvation Army will soon plant an orchard and open up two beehives to harvest honey.
In addition to Chesapeake Energy, other corporate sponsors include Oklahoma Gas & Electric Corporation Foundation, One Gas, The Chickasaw Nation, Hobby Lobby, the Ann & Henry Zarrow Foundation, Frontier State Bank and Herman & LaDonna Meinders.
HSE of Oklahoma City was the architectural firm that designed the building. And it was built locally by Smith & Pickle Construction.
KFOR NewsChannel 4 is proud to be the television sponsor of The Salvation Army and there is even a KFOR room.
Click here for more information about the Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope.