2019 Strategic Grant
Legal-name: The Salvation Army
Address: 180 E Ocean Blvd, Ste. 500
City: Long Beach
Ranking-title: John Chamness, Divisional Commander
First-name: Michelle Woods
Title: Grants Officer
Textarea-499: Funding from the Long Beach Community Foundation would support the salary of a full-time social service worker who manages the food bank and connects homeless and vulnerable populations in need with emergency and preventative services.
What-is-project: The Salvation Army (TSA) Long Beach Corps and Community Center helps people and families in varying situations with the support they need to get back on their feet, stay housed, or find a home; serving those in need without discrimination. The Long Beach Corps and Community Center offers a wide-spectrum of services to homeless individuals for the prevention of homelessness, including a food bank, transportation, clothing vouchers for The Salvation Army thrift store, and toiletry items. In addition to providing one-time support, the program provides spiritual/emotional counseling, referrals to other community resources, amongst other services to provide a holistic approach to address barriers that contribute to homelessness and prevent a family or individual from achieving the most out of life. Funding would allow the continuation and expansion of this program through supplementing other funds in supporting the salary of a full-time social service worker who manages the food bank and connects clients in need with emergency and preventative services.
Long Beach is a diverse community with socioeconomic disproportions. The majority of residents served live in the zip code of 90813, a densely populated area where the majority of residents are Hispanic/Latino (65.9%), 38.9% are foreign-born, and an estimated 32.1% of residents live below the poverty level. The area faces daunting challenges to the health, well-being, academic achievement, and socio-economic health of its residents. According to the 2017 Long Beach Point-In-Time Homeless Census & Survey 1,863 homeless people were living unsheltered or sheltered in Long Beach. In addition, nearly half of households in Long Beach are housing cost-burdened, with an estimated 32% of residents living below the poverty level. According to HUD, the fair market rent (FMR) in Los Angeles County is currently $1,791 for a 2-bedroom, a 7.7% increase since 2018. Higher housing costs increase vulnerability and burden for low-income residents. TSA Long Beach provides one-time assistance to clients who require transitional interventions toward stability, and will provide ongoing support for clients who require longer time and support toward self-sufficiency.
How-will-you-succeed: The Salvation Army’s approach to services is outcome-driven. TSA is committed to developing evidence-based programs that work. Our strategy for assisting vulnerable populations utilizes a combination of replicable, well-established best practices grounded in sound research substantiated by field experience. Program and social services staff complete monthly performances that is overseen by the Director of Social Services, and Divisional Quality Assurance Director who also conduct annual program reviews based on TSA’s National Social Services Standards. Evaluation and data collection include quantitative and qualitative data compiled through staff observation and participant self-reports. The Division employs the use of dashboard tools that allow all of TSA programs in the Division to report on the capacity and actual service totals of their programs on a quarterly basis. The Corps complete monthly performance and fiscal reporting that is overseen by the Executive Director of Social Services, Divisional Finance Director, and Divisional Statistician. Outcomes are reported regularly to funders and the Advisory Board. These tools are used by the Division to track program effectiveness and ensure programs are operating as efficiently as possible to have maximum impacts on the participants.
Sustainability: TSA’s headquarters has a dedicated Development team to raise funds for its programs and service centers, including a major gift officer who cultivates and stewards donors in Greater Long Beach area. The Community Programs Director in Long Beach oversees fundraising efforts for programs and cultivates Advisory Board development, engagement of the community and local businesses, and two annual fundraising events. As a result of these efforts and The Salvation Army’s standing as a trusted service provider in the community, TSA’s Corps sites benefit from a strong and sustainable foundation of operating funds. The Salvation Army Long Beach Corps and Community Center is currently undergoing a development project and expansion that will increase the amount of people we serve in the community.
Who-are-you: The Salvation Army California South Division: In 1865, Reverend William Booth founded The Salvation Army (TSA) to serve underprivileged men, women, and children in 19th Century London’s East End. The mission of The Salvation Army is to meet human needs without discrimination. Today, the Army offers services in 127 countries around the world and over 9,000 communities in America. TSA has been serving those most in need in Southern California for over 150 years. TSA’s California South Division spans across nine counties in Southern California including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial, and offers services at 50 Corps community centers, and 27 social service and housing programs. Lt. Colonel John Chamness oversees all programs throughout the California South Division, including day care, summer camps, and afterschool programming for at-risk children/youth, transitional and permanent housing for vulnerable populations, social services to help provide for basic needs, and emergency disaster services. TSA’s primary objective is to uplift the lives of the most marginalized members of society through wide-ranging services including residential recovery, transitional housing with supportive services, adult day care, youth development programs, licensed childcare, senior housing, and family social services. In 2018, TSA California South Division served over 800,000 people and nearly 2 million meals; provided 371,651 bags/boxes full of groceries; 404,064 nights of shelter; distributed 105,069 articles of clothing and 33,985 personal hygiene kits; provided utility and rent assistance to 8,898 households; and distributed 261,647 toys and gifts to families and children during the holidays.
The Long Beach Corps and Community Center was established in 1906, and has provided services to low-income families, youth, seniors and the homeless in Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, and surrounding communities, offering a physical and spiritual haven for the most disadvantaged for over 110 years. ‘Doing the most good’ for youth, families, seniors, homeless individuals and Veterans, in the Greater Long Beach area is a focused goal for The Salvation Army. The Long Beach Corps and Community Center provides programs and services to meet the needs of the low-income youth, families, seniors, and homeless in the Greater Long Beach Community. It currently serves approximately 25,000 low-income and homeless men, women, and children annually. Social services include homeless meals and outreach, transportation assistance, a senior drop-in center, a community food pantry, holiday toys and meals for children and families, and welcome home kits for Veterans. Last year, the Long Beach Corps provided 11,554 food boxes for low-income families, 5,409 food bags for homeless individuals, 3,130 bus tokens, 1,783 meals, and “welcome home” kits to 164 veterans.