GLENDALE–The Armenian Relief Society Western Regional is planning a gala Grand Opening Ceremony for its newly constructed headquarters at 517 W. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale. This happy event will take place on July 25 at 5:00 p.m.
The successful completion of this 7,100 square foot–two-story building will mark the accomplishment of the ARS Western Regional Board’s goal to finally conduct all its relief organization projects out of these headquarters. "For the past few years we were forced to work out of satellite offices" says building committee chairman Terry Minasian.
About 11 years ago the ARS moved to the Nazikian building. At that time it was adequate and served the needs of the organization. The ARS family was elated and proud at that time because it was the first time that the ARS owned a building.
During the ensuing years ARS’ community service projects have grown exponentially to the point that it found itselve handicapped because its facilities were no longer adequate.
During the past few years hundreds of thousands of Armenia’s have immigrated to the greater Los Angeles area from all parts of the world. Large numbers of these families came totally unprepared for what they had to face within our society. They have language deficiencies–financial and legal needs.
The ARS Western Regional–through its Social Services is the largest organization which has the capacity to provide Social Services to the families in their native language. Last year alone 40,000 Armenia’s came through ARS offices seeking assistance.
Since the ARS Regional programs have grown beyond expectations–two years ago the ARS took steps to improve its facilities.
Two parcels of land adjoining the existing facility were purchased and the old building was demolished to make room for the new complex
The new facility will house the ARS administrative staff–33 social workers and the ARS’ newest endeavor–the A.R.S. Psychological Outreach Program.
This program will allow the ARS to further expand itscommunity services by providing counseling and psychotherapy for needy members of the community.
Individual offices–counseling rooms–meeting rooms for group therapy and a hall for small receptions and gatherings are also included in the new building.
The architectural firm who designed this building is Sobin/Harte Architects. Among their many accomplishmen’s is the Ararat Home for the elderly. The general contractor is Frederick Towers.
"We are doing our outmost to build the finest building possible so that the A.R.S. will continue its great accomplishmen’s in helping its people and the community," said Frederick Danielian–owner of Frederick Towers.