Depot Family Crisis Center beautified

Rotary Club finances the center’s new look.

 The Marysville (Calif.) Rotary Club recently went “green,” wrapping up a $17,500 landscaping project at The Salvation Army Depot Family Crisis Center.

Earlier, Yuba Sutter Corps Officer Captain Tom Stambaugh, a Rotary Club member for the past two years, invited its members to lunch and a tour of the site.

When club president Jack Williams saw the facility’s potential, he immediately started developing a plan for a large work project.

The Rotary hired landscaping consultants to draw up plans, which included new flowers and shrubs, sod over the barren dirt, benches, planter boxes, raised beds for a vegetable garden, a new sidewalk and an irrigation system.

On the final workday, staff, clients, community members and Rotarians joined to complete their common goal of beautifying the property.

“It looks like a new Depot,” Suzanne England, director of residential services, said.

The Depot Family Crisis Center is a place for those who are homeless due to an addition or other crisis, providing a place for them to regain their self-sufficiency. The building is a 100-year-old refurbished train station that had begun to show its age.

“It takes a lot of work to keep this historical building looking good,” Stambaugh said. “Last year, Recology (aka Yuba Sutter Disposal) came out and painted the inside, and now, after this project, we are pleased with the transformation. We are very thankful for the dedication of the Marysville Rotarians to begin this project and see it through until the end.”

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