Salvation Army Massachusetts Gets $200K for Program Space

June 11, 2013 — The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division announced that it received a $200,000 grant from Sovereign Bank to create what it calls a state-of-the-art facility at its Kroc Center, located on the Dorchester/Roxbury line in Boston, that will host a children’s after school program as well as community and business meetings.

The grant will support the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center’s Kids FEAST (Food, Enrichment, Arts, Spiritual Development, and Teaching) program, and The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division has named the Santander Classroom after the bank’s corporate parent.

”Every day in Salvation Army programs like Kids FEAST, we have an opportunity to transform lives and open doors to new opportunities,” said Major David Kelly, State Commander of The Salvation Army.

“As we mark the naming of The Santander Classroom, we know it’s not about the walls or the whiteboards or the technology. This room represents a gateway to opportunity for the children and adults of this community made possible by our terrific partners at Sovereign Santander.”

The Salvation Army said the Kids FEAST program gives children a safe and productive place to spend after school hours and receive nutritious meals, as well as receive homework help and the opportunity to participate in education, arts, recreation and aquatics activities.

In addition to Kids FEAST and other Salvation Army programs, the room has played host to several community partners for conferences and training, including the Boston Public Schools and several local and national companies. Most recently, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used the space to convene a briefing on how small businesses, corporations and individuals impacted by the Boston Marathon Bombings could access financial assistance and other allocated resources.

“We are proud to support The Salvation Army in its efforts to create an imaginative space that provides a safe and inspiring after-school environment designed to enrich learning opportunities for students,” said Ed Morata, managing director of corporate banking at Sovereign Bank. “We truly value the services that Kids FEAST provides and we’re pleased to do our part to help provide the space and technology necessary to ensure young people in Boston have the opportunity to be successful students.”