A CROWD of community members turned out for the Bendigo Salvation Army Workshop's 20th birthday celebrations on Wednesday.
The event was also a chance for workshop staff to unveil the refurbished facilities thanks to funding from the State Government's Department of Human Services.
Workshop co-ordinator David Reid said the facility provided opportunities for men to complete small community projects, make things for their families and discuss men's health issues.
"There are three things that the workshop provides- a connection to a small community, friendship and woodwork," he said.
"Some people are really disconnected from their communities and we like to build them up and help them develop confidence and self-esteem.
"Some people don't stay for long, they move on but it is about helping them find their way."
Mr Reid said he had been involved in the program for about 13 years and it was a testament to the Bendigo Salvation Army.
"It is such an exciting program, one that provides opportunities," he said.
"(Yesterday's) event was about celebrating the Salvation Army and what they do in Bendigo.
"Hopefully it continues for another 20 years."
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