CSU, Chico News

Ribbon Cutting Planned for University’s 2014 Community Service Project

Date: 02-17-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Sydney Fong, Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army Del Oro Division

Dedication Event Scheduled for Feb. 18

WHAT: The Salvation Army will host a dedication event to celebrate the new Ann and Emmett Skinner Transitional Living Program (TLP), constructed in 2014 by student volunteers from California State University, Chico and by community and business volunteers.

The four-unit duplex facility will serve single-parent families who have successfully transitioned out of The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Program. The TLP will house families and provide the continued case management, weekly counseling, 12-step programming and community outreach they need to regain stability and recover as a family. With partnerships with outside agencies, county services and Salvation Army ministry programs, the goal is to prepare the families for a successful transition back into the local community.

The TLP duplexes were mostly constructed last March during a nine-day construction project by the students from CSU, Chico’s College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management. Students, faculty, staff, advisors and other community volunteers worked daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each shift consisted of 50 to 60 volunteers hammering, cutting and laboring to aid in the successful completion of the project.

The Adult Rehabilitation Program (ARP) provides a six-month residential treatment program including components of counseling, work therapy and 12-step recovery coursework, as well as classes in chemical dependency, parenting, anger management and addiction studies to men and women who could not otherwise afford rehabilitation services. Since its inception in 2007, the ARP has consistently provided treatment services to an average of 200 individuals annually and has successfully graduated more than 350 individuals.

The project includes other special features:

  • The homes include high-efficiency heating and air-conditioning equipment, instant water heaters, drought-tolerant landscaping, LED lighting, high-efficiency appliances and solar electricity.
  • In addition to the approximately 90 student volunteers, about 75 community members volunteered during the build, including a group of 40 employees from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
  • The project is made possible by substantial contributions by Ann and Emmett Skinner and other local donors. The total project cost is estimated at $500,000.
  • Students participated in nearly every aspect of the project, including applying for the use permit, managing the public review process, creating estimates and schedules, coordinating with local utilities, and planning site safety and logistics. The estimated student contribution is valued at approximately $100,000.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: 745 Salem Street, Chico (corner of West Eighth and Salem Streets)

WHO: Guests include City of Chico Public Works Director Ruben Martinez and representatives from the City of Chico; CSU, Chico Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Elrod; CSU, Chico Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management Ben Juliano; and Salvation Army officers and divisional leaders. The event also includes a special recognition for local contractors.

CONTACT: Envoy Dennis Stumpf, Salvation Army, 530-356-5965