Southern California Program

The Salvation Army, California South Division

Civic and Community
Long Beach, CA
December 2019

The Salvation Army California South Division provides services to those in need in nine counties from San Luis Obispo to San Diego through 50 Corps Community Centers.  The Long Beach Corps (the Corps) has provided housing, education, and employment services in the Long Beach area since 1906.  The Corps serves an area where one-third of families live below the poverty level and there is a dearth of afterschool and recreational opportunities for children and youth.  To increase its capacity to provide a variety of programming and services for more children, youth and families in the Greater Long Beach area, the Corps is undertaking a two-phase capital project to construct the Red Shield Youth and Community Center.  The first phase was completed in 2017, and resulted in the renovation of a Community Center, which features a 300-seat auditorium, a large dining room with a commercial kitchen, and multipurpose rooms.  A grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will support the second phase, which will break ground in January 2020 with construction scheduled to be completed in mid-2021.  A two-story gymnasium will be built with studios for dance, yoga, and fitness classes, and space for a youth game room.  Outdoors there will be an athletic field, walking/jogging path, and playground.  The Corps anticipates serving 500 families and 1,000 children annually within five years, promoting fitness and positive youth development through sports, recreation, and enrichment opportunities.

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