27 January 2014

"Promise Zone" Initiative in President's Speech Could Have Major Impact on The Salvation Army's Downtown Red Shield Community Center

On Tuesday, January 28, at 6 p.m., The President of the United States delivers his State of the Union Address in Washington D.C. and 3,000 miles away at The Salvation Army's Red Shield Youth and Community Center in the Pico Union District of Los Angeles, there will be a captivated audience. Community members will gather for a "watching" party because two of their own will be guests of the White House on this day. Attending a White House Social on Tuesday will be Red Shield's Executive Director Irene Lewis and Myrna Gastelum - a resident of Pico Union - a person who has benefited from the myriad social services found at Red Shield for children and their families in one of poorest neighborhoods in the city.

With the advocacy of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti-the Pico Union District, where Red Shield resides as an oasis of safety and nurturing for decades, has been designated a "Promise Zone" by the President. National funding over the next 10 years is aimed at improving education and training opportunities for youth-two goals that the Red Shield strives to assist the deserving youth in their community with year after year.

When: Tuesday, January 28, 6 p.m.       

Where: 1532 W. 11th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

MORE:  Since 1949, The Salvation Army's Red Shield Youth & Community Center has been an ‘oasis for families" in the Pico Union District. The Red Shield guides and mentors more than 3,000 young people each year and strengthens families by providing quality educational and recreational programs in a positive and safe environment that encourages personal growth that positively impacts the community.