After more than 20 years of providing services to youth and families from rented facilities, El Centro de Amistad finally has a home it can call its own.
The nonprofit organization, which provides counseling, tutoring, referrals and other free or low-cost services to poor Valley residents, has purchased the building that houses its San Fernando satellite office and plans to expand its operations there, El Centro officials said.
United Parcel Service gave a $100,000 grant to help El Centro buy the $340,000 building at 568 S. Brand St.
El Centro, which was founded in 1977, also receives support from the city and county of Los Angeles, United Way and several corporations.
"It's really exciting for our staff and our clients," El Centro spokesman Angel Perez Jr. said. "We currently operate in about 1,400 square feet in San Fernando but the building is actually 5,400 square feet. Being able to use the entire space will make a big a difference."