LOMPOC, Calif. - Its the start of a new chapter in the ongoing mission of a vitally important organization in Lompoc.
The new office for the Family Service Agency is expected to help accommodate growing demand for the agency's many programs.
They celebrated the new location for the Family Service Agency on South B Street in Lompoc.
"Since my Mom was a single parent there for awhile, she thought it might be good that I get a mentor, since I don't have any siblings", said local high school senior Andrea Murray who benefited from the FSA's Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentoring program.
"Hey I'm graduating in a couple of days, so that's a big accomplishment that she's helped me with throughout the last four years", Murray says about her Big Sister.
FSA has been providing senior services, mental health counseling, long-term care ombudsmen as well as the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program for decades in Lompoc.
"Family Service Agency has been in Lompoc for I think about 50 years providing services" says FSA Board member Bert Heter, "its exciting I think to have this new home that I think really tells us here in the community that they're here to stay."
Last year alone FSA served over 1,700 children, individuals and seniors in Lompoc.
"Even in Lompoc right now, there are about 25 or 30 kids that are needing a "Big", says Big Brother John van der Hoof, "its a really easy thing to do, its about two hours a week, you come along side and typically kind of do the things you enjoy doing anyway only you take a child along with you."
Family Service agency also provides food, shelter and other basic needs mostly for free or on a sliding-fee scale and no one is ever turned away due to inability to pay.