BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was all smiles Thursday at the Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge, and they certainly needed it.
Local leaders and well known faces were on hand for the Center of Hope Emergency Shelter dedication ceremony. The Salvation Army, like so many other businesses in the area, suffered tremendously during the August 2016 floods and this new facility is a major step towards the organization's recovery.
"We work very hard to give people hope in very desperate times and this is what we will do in desperate times for men who are passing through in our community. We're here to give hope and help so that people can be made whole," said Captain Brett Meredith with the Salvation Army.
"As you know, it has 40 beds. It's the first part of an overall recovery and rebuilding plan to transform the campus that was destroyed during the flood. So I thank the Salvation Army for their continued service in Baton Rouge," said Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.
The new facility will be a big help to those who need it most, when they need it most.