New Antioch campus opens.
Facility provides social services, an after-school program and space for worship
The Salvation Army of the Delta—also know as the Antioch (Calif.) Corps—officially opened its new campus March 4. Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs, Western territorial leaders, performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the facility, which houses the Army’s social services, after-school program and space for worship. Majors Bill and Lisa Dickinson, Del Oro divisional leaders, also participated.
“With this campus, we will be able to meet more of the needs in the community,” said Corps Officer Major Jackie Smith. “The Salvation Army does one of the best jobs with all-around social services. We’re always here to serve.”
In relocating, the Army moved about a mile south of its previous site. Smith believes the new facility’s extra space may allow for additional or expanded programs.
“There’s a huge amount of land to expand onto,” she said. “Now we can have a young mothers’ support group, because we have the space to meet in. We have the after-school program but we may be able to do a lot more. And the kids used to play basketball on the parking lot, so when cars came in, they had to stop. But with all of this land, that can change.”
Antioch residents also welcomed The Salvation Army’s expansion.
“I think this move will help Antioch a lot,” said Nicole, a past recipient of food and utility assistance. “To have resources to help others is fantastic. I don’t know where I would be without The Salvation Army’s help.”
Smith knows the campus will attract new people.
“This new campus is inviting for volunteers,” she said. “We need volunteer tutors for the after-school program.”