United Supermarkets announced a pledge of $150,000 over the next three years in support of The Salvation Army's Red Shield Home Transitional Living Program, a three-tiered approach to eradicating homelessness that includes emergency shelter, transitional shelter and transitional housing programs.
The United pledge represents a lead gift of $50,000 each of the next three years to fund the renovations of the Red Shield Home's Transitional Housing Program at 1614 Avenue K, located across the street from The Salvation Army's main campus in what is currently known as Walker House.
The property includes four buildings that will serve as independent living apartments for families in the program, with each building serving two families at any given time. Plans call for the renovation of one building per year over the next four years and include roof repairs, wall restoration, kitchen/bathroom renovations, central heating/air conditioning and new flooring.
Renovations are expected to begin in late summer, with occupancy planned by April 2012.
"The Salvation Army has been serving the Lubbock area since the early 1920s and has been an integral part of our community's efforts to meet the needs of our homeless population throughout that time," said Robert Taylor, CEO of United Supermarkets LLC and a former member of The Salvation Army board. "Our company is honored to be able to serve as a partner alongside them to help address this growing community concern."
"Throughout our company's 95-year history, one of the greatest privileges we have enjoyed is the ability to give back to the communities we serve," said Matt Bumstead, co-president of United Supermarkets LLC and great-grandson of the company's founder.
"It is the ongoing support of the thousands of guests who shop our stores every week that makes it possible for us, in turn, to help provide for one of our community's most urgent human needs," Bumstead said.
The Salvation Army's five-year plan calls for expansion of the current emergency shelter program to include a "transitional shelter" component, which will provide three to six families with up to 90 days of services aimed at helping them attain independent living.
The last step – the Red Shield Home Transitional Housing Program, which the United gift supports – will provide housing and support services to help individuals rise above poverty and to eliminate the constant threat of homelessness. The home will serve six to nine families, and recipients may receive services for up to two years.
Goals of the program include increased skills, education and income; increase life skills such as budgeting, parenting, social skills and emotional stability; and residential stability.
"The Salvation Army's Red Shield Home Transitional Living Program will introduce a new approach to breaking the cycle of homelessness for individuals and families in the Lubbock community," said Captain Mike Morton, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Lubbock. "We are incredibly grateful for the support of United Supermarkets and the Lubbock community."
Now in its 95th year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC, is a Texas-based, family-owned grocery chain with stores in 30 markets across north and west Texas. A self-distributing company with its headquarters in Lubbock and distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke, United currently operates 50 stores under three distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United. The company's first convenience store, United Express, is scheduled to open in Lubbock in early May 2011. United Supermarkets received the Better Business Bureau's "National Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics" in 2001 and was named inaugural winner of the Supermarket News "Community Service Award" in 2003.About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 126 years in the United States. More than 35 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information or to make a donation, go to www.salvationarmytexas.org.