Thursday, April 23, 2009


Artistic renderings of how the computer lab and media room may look when created by The Salvation Army, San Bernardino Corps, at its newly-acquired shelter on Tenth Street in San Bernardino. The Salvation Army will use a grant from Target to help with furnishings and design elements of these two rooms. Target awarded The Salvation Army multiple $25,000 grants for creating and remodeling media centers, libraries and other educational facilities. The San Bernardino Corps received one of these grants. Drawings courtesy of B.L. VENTIV, of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. 

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) As The Salvation Army’s San Bernardino Corps begins renovation of a new shelter on Tenth Street, two rooms will receive special attention thanks to a $25,000 grant from Target.

The grant will allow The Salvation Army to create a children’s media center and computer lab as it renovates its newly acquired Tenth Street homeless shelter, where it plans to relocate its Hospitality House and other ministry operations later this year. The area will provide homeless children a place to study, and the computers will also assist homeless adults in their search for homes and jobs.

Target actually awarded this grant to the Sierra del Mar Division (San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial counties) of The Salvation Army. Target also awarded similar $25,000 grants to each of the 39 other geographical divisions of The Salvation Army’s worldwide ministry, with the stipulation each be used to renovate one library, media center or other educational facility.

 “We applied through our division for this grant, and we were successful,” said Capt. Stephen Ball, director of the San Bernardino Corps of The Salvation Army. “This grant was a good fit for us, as we have a renovation project already planned for our new shelter. But the rooms where we planned to establish a media center and computer lab are dismally small, poorly lit and in need of an extreme makeover.”

The grant will allow The Salvation Army to equip the rooms with good lighting, attractive tables and chairs for study and television viewing and 10 computer stations, Capt. Ball said. “They will replace 10 computers we already have, which are “so old we can’t do anything with them.”

Mostly, these Target grants are to renovate existing libraries and other educational facilities operated by The Salvation Army. But the San Bernardino Corps is nearly starting from scratch with its project.

The 10th Street shelter Hospitality House plans to move into later this year already exists, in a building more than 50 years old. Adult Rehabilitation Center, another ministry of The Salvation Army, recently turned this building over to the San Bernardino Corps after moving its men’s drug and alcohol treatment center from there to a new building on Doolittle Street.

“We’re proud to expand our ongoing partnership with The Salvation Army to help update library, educational and after school facilities throughout the country, providing children with inspiring places to read, learn and most importantly, grow,” said Laysha Ward, Target’s president of community relations. “Children are the heart and soul of our communities and we want to ensure that they have the valuable educational resources they need to be successful at school and in life.”

With other funds, The San Bernardino Corps is completely remodeling the 10th Street Building, so that it will be more suitable for families, many of which are headed by single mothers. It also is building apartments where eight to 10 families can live for up to two years if they still need some of the homeless shelter’s resources before transitioning to complete independence.

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Radio Network assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY.