The Salvation Army of Sacramento County hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new child development center in the Oak Park area on September 21. The new facility, located on the corner of Alhambra Blvd. and Broadway, will be two stories high and nearly 14,000 sq ft, which is nearly six times larger than the old education building. The child development center will be the home for The Salvation Army’s day care and after-school programs.
“It’s a long time coming,” said Major Tedd Lowcock, Salvation Army Sacramento Corps officer. “We had been operating in an older building for years. So to have something new in which you don’t have to worry about and to have the extra space here is pretty amazing.”
The new facility will replace an old 2,400 sq ft modular building that used to house the day care program for the last 24 years. The Salvation Army relocated the program from downtown Sacramento to the current Oak Park site in 1986.
For the last three years, The Salvation Army has worked diligently on a capital campaign to raise funds for various projects, including the child development center.
“This day is about as close as a dream come true,” said John Frisch, Salvation Army advisory board member and chairman of the capital campaign. “After all the work, all the giving by so many people, all of hours planning and soliciting, to see it finally happening is almost a spiritual experience.”
Frisch said the capital campaign has raised more than $5 million, which is more than enough to start construction.
Currently, the day care and after-school programs are being operated within The Salvation Army community center.
“There is a lot we can do with the new building,” Lowcock said. “If all goes well, we may be able to add more kids in our programs down the road.”
The construction is scheduled to last for at least the next six months.
“When this building opens,” Frisch said, “it’s going to make me happy. The kids are so adorable and so innocent, and we hope we can make a positive impact on their future.”
Syd Fong is the public relations director for The Salvation Army-Sacramento. To learn more about The Salvation Army, log onto www.salarmysacto.org