Thursday, May 20, 2010

Center of Hope Celebrates National SA Week with BBQ

The scent of barbecue was in the air as far as a block away from the Center of Hope Wednesday and the line of people waiting to eat it wrapped around the building. The Center of Hope is a homeless shelter and social services center at 102 N. Denver.  The barbecue is an annual event held to celebrate National Salvation Army Week. Arletta Robinson, Center of Hope director, had traditional Salvation Army “Blood & Fire” flags hung from the ceiling of the dining room where center guests ate smoked ribs and chicken. Two huge grills outside the kitchen sent up clouds of smoke as cooks turned the meat for 450 meals. Even those who were too young to tackle the barbecued meat enjoyed fruity orange Jello, baked beans and potato salad.
"Thanks to all of the wonderful staff and volunteers, this year’s celebration was a tremendous success," Arletta Robinson said.
Sallie Godwin

Photos: Volunteer cook Vince Franks turns whole chickens on the grill.   Salvation Army flags brighten up the dining room.

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