Groundbreaking of The Center of Hope in Orange County California!

The groundbreaking of The Center of Hope in Orange County California took place on January 31,2022, during a highly attended sod-cutting ceremony. is proud to have been the vendor of the groundbreaking shovels used for this inspirational occasion.

The Salvation Army California South Division in Orange County celebrated the groundbreaking for the Center of Hope, a top of the line facility designed to help thousands of Orange County’s homeless by offering support services to nurture the broken back to mental, physical, and spiritual health. The Research Hun, a research center that will work together with UCLA and UCI doctoral students to study homelessness, backs the lofty goals of the Center of Hope. This is possible through a $1 million donation by the Samueli Family Foundation. The Research Hun will be housed within The Center of Hope; the latter is a $110K partnership between The Salvation Army of Orange County, and the City of Anaheim, California. The Center of Hope will include a 325-bed, low-barrier emergency shelter, a 300-bed permanent supportive housing, and a comprehensive onsite wellness center that will offer medical, dental, mental health, and pet care services for those in need. The focus will be on helping the homeless to find or regain their dignity through the services that will be provided and incorporate back into society, with the ongoing support of a facility that is dedicated to their wellbeing.

This innovative center for research and housing will be built next to the Salvation Army’s existing 75-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. The hope in The Center of Hope, is to transform lives, create safer neighborhoods and business districts, and become a real opportunity to end chronic homelessness in Orange County, and hopefully, in other counties and cities in California and beyond.

With beautiful groundbreaking shovels, the Salvation Army Orange County broke ground on the Center of Hope, making this humanitarian dream a reality. From paper to manifestation, The Center of Hope is being built on 6.9 acres in Anaheim, California. The elegant groundbreaking ceremony began promptly at 11:00 am and brought together the leaders behind this public-private partnership for a very special 1-hour celebration. The invocations and speeches were made by the honorable mayor of Anaheim, Mr. Harry Sidhu; honorable US Congressperson, Mr. Lou Correa; Henry Samueli, PhD., Susan Samueli, PhD., and Erin Samueli of The Samueli Family. Other important VIPS included MA Major Nesan Kistan, Divisional Secretary of Orange County, Lt. Colonel John Chamness,Divisional Commander, and over 200 guests in attendance between partnering entities, government representatives and employees as well as The Salvation Army leadership team, donors, supporters, staff, and volunteers!

The architect of this exciting project is Kardent Design, and the project development team is headed by general contractor, Swinerton, with construction management by Eminent Resources. The property management is by the John Stewart Company.

Always doing “the most good,” The Salvation Army’s California South Division has taken this enormous step to help and transform the lives of the homeless in Orange County. CeremonialSupplies congratulates this wonderful team for this pro-active, outstanding project and we are certain of the enormous success they will achieve. Visit for more information!

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