Pasadena christens new Salvation Army Hope Center

From the sunny window of her new apartment, Suzanne Lee, 73, can see palm trees in the distance. But never mind that view. Once homeless, the former paralegal said what she treasures most is the perspective from her 300-square-foot apartment in the newly-opened Diane and John Mullin Hope Center in Pasadena.

“I have a private bathroom, my own stove, my own oven,” Lee said. “It’s like I’m in the Twilight Zone. I pinch myself that it’s really real. Already, I’m sleeping through the night. I don’t have to be afraid all the time.”

Lee is one of 65 residents of the $32-million housing project owned by the Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle. About 300 people, including many donors, toured the four-story building Thursday, Oct. 12, as leaders and residents christened the long-awaited hub. They took in the first-floor food pantry, offices for social services, a workout room, laundry room and multipurpose room.

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