The Red Shield

The Robert and Tilly Sinnett Red Shield Community Center

Robert and Tilly Sinnett's Legacy

We invite you to join Mr. Bob Sinnett and continue his passion to invest in the mission of The Salvation Army's Red Shield Youth and Community Center by enabling it to be a force for positive change for the community. The Sinnetts' legacy.

The Red Shield's History

Built in 1929, the Red Shield has grown to become one of The Salvation Army's largest youth programs. It has served generations of youth, children and parents - it is currently serving 3,500 members in the Pico-Union District. Read about the Red Shield's history.

Keeper of the Dream

Executive Director Irene De Anda Lewis has served The Red Shield for nearly 25 years. She is directly involved with all the Center's day-to-day activities. She loves her work, adores the children and treasures the impact that The Red Shield has had in the Pico-Union District. She knows every child by name. Read about Irene and the work that she does.

We are growing as a family, a Center, and as a community, so please commit whatever resources you can to The Salvation Army, transforming your support into tangible assistance to those who need us the most.

Annually, The Salvation Army Red Shield serves more than 3,500 members and impacts an additional 10,000 non-members throughout a variety of community activities and partnerships. Pico-Union residents are overwhelmingly foreign born (64%), Latino (85%), and less than 7% have a college degree.
The Red Shield is known in the neighborhood as an 'oasis for families.'