Vets and families attend Ark’s grand opening

SAN BENITO — “The Ark.”

The very name of the new veterans center conveys a place of sanctuary in the midst of danger, refuge from loss, and shelter from disaster.

Veterans and their families attended The Ark’s grand opening yesterday afternoon, celebrating the creation of a place of comfort, support and understanding. Eventually it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Veterans will be able to come in for a hot meal and even a warm bed.

Live Now Ministries, which is opening the new center at 951 S. Williams Road, also hopes to have doctors, nurses and counselors volunteer their time.

Cicely Ratliff, director of the local chapter of Live Now Ministries, said the center will be a place of love.

The Ark will be dedicated to Jose Mendoza Lopez, a native of Oaxaca, Mexico, and also a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Lopez earned the medal while fighting the Germans during World War II.

For more information, call Vega as 956-472-4588.

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