The Salvation Army is launching an initiative in Waltham to transform the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors—individuals and families facing the challenges of living in poverty and low-income households. This vital initiative will focus on launching and building our educational and positive development programs for disadvantaged youth.
Overall, to meet our vision and mission for those we serve in the Waltham community, a $3,000,000 investment is needed.
The Salvation Army of Massachusetts has already committed to investing $2,000,000 of divisional resources made possible through charitable bequests. This investment will fund a large addition to our existing facility, including a new kitchen.
To reach our goal, the Waltham Advisory Council has begun a fundraising effort to secure the $1,000,000 balance from individuals, corporations and foundations. Over $170,000 is already in hand from recent contributions and pledges. Funds from this effort will be directed to achieve four key aims:
- Performing required repairs to the existing facility. Estimated cost: $300,000.
- Increasing the capacity and efficacy of the existing Kids FEAST Youth Enrichment Program program by adding a full-time staff person; and, ensuring facility maintenance with a part-time staff person. Estimated cost: $250,000 for three years of funding.
- Launching the Bridging the Gap life skills court diversion program to provide safe alternatives for youths to significantly reduce their chances of re-offending. Estimated cost: $250,000 for launch and three years of funding.
- Establish a Program and Services Endowment to sustain this initiative. Estimated cost: $200,000 to establish the fund.
Completing this fundraising goal will significantly boost the existing signature Kids FEAST Youth Enrichment Program, and enable implementation of the highly successful Salvation Army program, Bridging the Gap. The expanded and updated facility will greatly benefit all programs, and allow food to be served in a modern, welcoming environment from a state-of-the- art commercial kitchen.
Please join us in this unique opportunity to make an enduring difference in the lives of so many in crisis.