13 January 2020

The Salvation Army Breaks Ground on Major Community Center

The Donald & Priscilla Hunt Red Shield Community Center is the latest effort to serve the people of Long Beach

Long Beach, CA. January 15, 2020. – The Salvation Army planted its flag in Long Beach 113 years ago and has never looked back. On Wednesday, January 15, at 10:00 AM, it is going to be looking very much into the future. That’s when ground will be broken on the Donald & Priscilla Hunt Red Shield Community Center located at 3000 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA. Former Mayor of Long Beach Beverly O’Neil and current Mayor Robert Garcia will be on hand with remarks and good wishes.

The Donald & Priscilla Hunt Red Shield Community Center represents The Salvation Army’s continuing commitment to the communities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Hawaiian Gardens providing key social services to at-risk youth, low-income families, isolated seniors, and homeless adults. This groundbreaking, made possible by a major pledge from local philanthropist Priscilla Hunt, will make the community center a reality. It will include a gymnasium and fitness center, a 40,000 square foot athletic field, a walking/jogging track, community garden boxes, a playground and more. These facilities will enable The Salvation Army Long Beach Corps to provide more services and create new programs to serve their local constituents.

Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, leader of The Salvation Army’s Western Territory, will  speak prior to gournd breaking - Emmy winning actor Kim Estes hosts. World-renowned Christian music trumpeter, Dan Oxley, performs. Long Beach’s own Bruce D.D. MacRae and other civic and business leaders will don hard hats and bring the Donald & Priscilla Hunt Red Shield Community Center one shovel full closer to completion.