A Latino advocacy group was among the victims of the intentionally set fire Sept. 15 at Central United Methodist Church.
Fire and smoke damage forced the nonprofit Mi Casa Su Casa from its first floor offices.
“As far as our administrative office and intake rooms, we have soot all over our equipment,” said Cristina La Paz, executive director of Mi Casa Su Casa.
Mi Casa Su Casa, which provides the Latino community with referral services and wellness programs, shut down for almost two weeks.
On Wednesday, the agency moved into a temporary location at 5601 Executive Center Drive, across from the church parking lot.
The fire caused $500,000 in damage. It forced the church to find alternative locations for several other agencies that met there, including Alcoholics Anonymous, senior citizen groups and an English-speaking class for Burmese immigrants.
La Paz said it may be up to three months before they can return to the church.
The congregation, which has nearly 500 members, is predominantly white but has reached out to its growing, diverse neighborhood, attracting African Americans, Nigerians, Latinos and others.
Church officials said someone broke in through a back door and set the fire in an office near the pastor's study, church officials said.
La Paz said the fire and relocation have made their upcoming fundraiser Oct. 17 even more critical as they seek to continue to serve the Latino community.