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By Jonathan Goetz

September 30, 2016 (El Cajon) - The Salvation Army is embarking on a massive new building for their 4.6 acre El Cajon Campus. A year and a half ago the Salvation Army started raising money for the $5.4 million expansion to double their 2.3 acre site on South Anza Street in El Cajon from Main Street to Decker Street.

Currently the El Cajon Salvation Army serves 40,000 annually with programs including a homework center, after-school and youth development programs, food and clothing distribution and basic needs support and a senior nutrition program that feeds 70-100 seniors daily.

As the Salvation Army boasts extremely low staffing costs, Silvercrest Senior Housing is a five story Senior Housing building at the corner of S Anza and Decker Streets and part of the Salvation Army. Silvercrest is where the group finds many of its volunteers, and could help defray the costs of running the community center.

It will include a Food Choice Pantry to reduce waste and counsel clients, a Social Services Center, Teaching Kitchen, Gymnasium and Youth Center, Chapel, classroom and meeting spaces.

Humbert Cabrera announced last week they have raised enough money to secure their first million-dollar match provided by the Zable Foundation, from founder of Cubic Corporation, a San Diego transportation and defense company. Glenn Bernius of the fund-raising arm of the Corp confirmed yesterday that yes in fact, the $2 million has been reached.

If you would like to have a room named after you, now is the time to contact Salvation Army Captain sean.kelsey@usw.salvationarmy.org or 619.440.4683 x402

Visit www.salvationarmyelcajon.com to learn more and see a fly-by of Captains Darren N
orton, Terry Masango and Sean Kelsey’s mission to transform lives in El Cajon and East County.

View PDF of floor plan here

Humbert Cabrera, a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and El Cajon Candidate for City Council on November 8, 2016, thanked the entire Board of Directors and unveiled his five-point plan on homelessness:  1. Police (embed social workers with police) 2. Money Supply (move the recycling facility outside of downtown) 3. Housing (reducing regulations to the extent as permissible as a Charter City) 4. 3rd Parties (non-profits should communicate better as they do with Crisis House) and 5. Salvation Army.

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