The Salvation Army’s Lighthouse ShelterReceives a $40,000 Grant Award from the Walmart Foundation

Market Manager John Clifton and the Lighthouse Shelter's Director of Social Services Tim Engstrom

Grant supports significant upgrade to 50-year-old shelter serving the homeless population in Marion and Polk Counties, 365 days a year

Salem, OR – The Salvation Army, Marion/Polk Counties received a $40,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Council to assist with Shelter Upgrades. The grant will work to provide a new six burner stove for the Shelter kitchen, two commercial-sized washers and dryers, more than 70 mattresses, 35 bed frames and 35 steel storage lockers for residents.

“This grant came at just the right time and will help make necessary improvements in our facility,” said Tim Engstrom, Social Service Director for The Salvation Army. Martha, the resident laundry manager states, “the new washers and driers have made such an improvement in so many ways – it takes less time for each cycle, clothes are coming out really clean and resident satisfaction has increased.”

Market Manager John Clifton and the Lighthouse Shelter's Food Service Coordinator Doug Carpenter

The grant will be presented to The Salvation Army on Jan. 18, 2011 at the Shelter location at 1901 Front Street NE. The Salem Lighthouse Salvation Army, a full-service shelter, has been serving those in need in Salem and the surrounding communities since 1885.  Its mission is to assist the homeless without discrimination, and to guide them back into a more productive life. The Lighthouse Shelter accomplishes this mission by providing housing, meals and the opportunity to establish independent living skills in an environment of safety, security, hope and help.

“The Walmart Foundation is pleased to present the Salvation Army with this grant that will provide some of the most needy Salem-area residents with access to basic life essentials,” said Matti Havener, Walmart regional general manager for its stores in Oregon and Washington. “Our hope is that the new commodities will help these individuals lead healthier, productive lives.”

Market Manager John Clifton and Marion/Polk County Coordinator for The Salvation Army Major Jerry Ames

The contribution to the Lighthouse Lodge was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Oregon State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

In 2010, Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $2.5 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Oregon.  Through additional funds donated by customers, and Walmart and Sam’s Club associates throughout the state, the retailer’s contributions in Oregon totaled more than $3.0 million.