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As part of a Capital Campaign that will improve the lives of thousands, The Salvation Army in El Cajon will build a $5.8 million social services facility that will help to assist 1,500 families in East County every month. In a community where the poverty rate is approximately 30% - and 7,395 children living within two miles of our corps qualify for free or reduced-price meals - The Salvation Army is there offering hope and a hand-up. More than 40,000 are served from our El Cajon Corps annually with programs including:
-Homework center, after-school & youth development programs
-Food and clothing distribution & basic needs support
-Senior services including Cool Zones
-Back Country mobile response team
Doing more for El Cajon:
The Salvation Army El Cajon Corps Community Center is already an integral part of the East County community but we must do more for our area's neediest families. Our vision is to build a new center at our current site featuring:
Choice Food Pantry, Social Services Center and Teaching Kitchen offering hungry families an opportunity to work with a trained volunteer to select items from the key food groups. Choice pantries reduce waste, create teaching opportunities and return families to food independence.
Gymnasium & Youth Center for area youth and family, offering free and affordable wellness and sports activities.
Classroom and meeting space allowing for expansion of existing programs currently at capacity.
Help us transform lives - a special challenge for the El Cajon Community:
The total cost for our new center is $5.8 million and we are pleased to announce that The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation has committed $1,000,000 as the lead gift to this exciting project. Their gift is a challenge to the community and we need additional support to fulfill the match and raise the funds needed to begin construction. Recognition opportunities are available.
$1.6 Million is still needed to complete the Community Center.
To learn more about how you can help us make a difference and bring hope to our neighbors in need from El Cajon and East County, please contact our Donor Relations Director:
Michele Prosser | (619) 446-0276 or Michele.Prosser@usw.salvationarmy.org