Long Beach Salvation Army
Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) encourage customers experiencing financial hardship to apply for assistance through a new state program called Temporary Energy Assistance for Families (TEAF).
On May 4, 2010, the City of Long Beach received word that The Salvation Army Western Territory Board of Directors voted to discontinue the Kroc Center project. The City asked the Army to reconsider the decision but The Salvation Army has informed the City of Long Beach that their Board of Directors decided to uphold their original decision to forego the Long Beach Kroc Center at the Hamilton Bowl site.
Although The Salvation Army has clearly announced that the Kroc Center has reached the end, Long Beach officials are reaching out to revive the project and generate community support to prove that Long Beach is still a viable location for the center.
Long Beach Councilmembers Dee Andrews and Rae Gabelich are taking the lead by requesting the Long Beach City Council to direct the City Manager to create a City led RED TEAM. This Red Team, similar to the C-17 Red Team that the City created to keep the Boeing program in Long Beach, will assist the Long Beach Kroc Center in a variety of areas.
The devastation wrought in Haiti due to the catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake was tremendous. In its wake it left hundreds of thousands dead or injured and an estimated one million individuals left homeless.
The Salvation Army distributes one million meals per week in Haiti and will continue to do so through the end of March.
In Their Boots, in partnership with the United States Veterans Initiative, Long Beach, home to more than 1,000 veterans annually, will show Soldiers on the Street, on Tuesday, February 2. The event is a premier screening of the newest episode of the In Their Boots documentary series.
Yesterday’s 7.0 earthquake in Haiti caused catastrophic damage and loss of life. The epicenter was about 20 miles outside of Port Au Prince, the country’s capital. According to reports, as many as three million people may have been affected by the quake, which damaged much of the country’s infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.
Continuing its longstanding tradition, The Reef Restaurant opened its doors on Christmas morning to provide warm holiday meals to local underprivileged and homeless families. In conjunction with the Salvation Army and with help from several volunteers, The Reef served approximately 2,400 people from Long Beach and the surrounding communities in just three hours.
The Salvation Army has always helped those in need without hesitation or discrimination. Around the Holiday Season, this is especially true. Due to the downturn in the economy and the continued difficulties with the recession, The Salvation Army is once again experiencing a significant increase in first time applicants for material help this year, and that number that is expected to remain high.
The food banks are always short on food during the holiday season regardless of economic situations and hardships. However, due to some of the toughest financial times the country has seen in decades, food shortages are at epidemic proportions.