(Redlands, Calif.) The Salvation Army’s Hospitably House had a big problem. The kitchen and bedrooms were just worn out. The problem was The San Bernardino Corps didn’t have the money to replace the 30-year-old kitchen. What to do?
Scott Carlson, The Salvation Army’s donor relations director thought of long time Salvation Army supporters Skip and Cathy Chappell. The couple have helped other Corps in Sothern California, so Carlson asked for help.
“The Chappell’s were eager to provide funding for a new kitchen when I described the need,” said Carlson. “But when they toured the Hospitably House, met some residents they saw the need for new beds and bedroom furniture as well as new kitchen equipment”.
“All together, they decided to provide funding for all new kitchen equipment, new beds and new bedroom furnishings for all 21 units at the Hospitality house”, said Carlson.
“We are so very happy and honored to receive this wonderful gift. This changes the lives for the better for our families who come to stay in the shelter,” said Hospitably House Director Naomi Goforth.
“We are so happy to help,” said Cathy Chappell. “We saw the need and knew we had to help these families through a very tough time,” she added.
The Hospitality House is The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter for families and single women.
The Hospitality House provided 31,534 nights of shelter to families and children experiencing homelessness. 1,612 children participated in educational and recreational programs last year. Many supportive services are provided with each night of shelter including meals, laundry, hot showers, tutoring and case management.
The people served at The Salvation Army shelter come from all walks of life. The challenges of homelessness touch all ethnic groups, family types and ages. Many people believe the Salvation Army shelter only accepts women and children. But that’s not true. Men are welcome if they are a part of a family unit with children. When it comes to families, children are the piece that is necessary to provide services.
The issue of homelessness continues to disrupt many families in the Inland Empire region. These displaced individuals are thrust into living situations that make them vulnerable to many problems. “Without proper and safe daily rest and food, health begins to decline. Anxiety caused by the uncertainty of finding needed resources causes fatigue, stress, and the breakdown of vital family relationships,” said Goforth.
The Salvation Army works with each homeless or transitional housing client to set up a Self-Improvement Plan that will move his or her family toward future independence, resolution of homelessness , and retention of stable housing long term.
For more information on The Salvation Army Hospitably House or to schedule a tour call (909) 888-1336. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY.