Pottstown Salvation Army Earns Computer Grant

POTTSTOWN PA – The Salvation Army’s Lessig-Booth Family Shelter at 137 King St. has won a $10,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Head Start State Collaboration Office to buy new computer equipment. It’s intended to help homeless families stay technologically connected to loved ones, job opportunities, and schooling, the religious organization’s Southeastern PA and Delaware Division announced Tuesday (May 12, 2020).

During current stay-at-home times – when online schooling is the norm, and libraries are closed – both shelters were ill-equipped to help families with the electronic resources they need during, according to a division media release.

The Pottstown facility provides shelter, food, and case management for up to 11 families at a time. It plans to use the money for four computers, four computer stations, and two printers that also operate as scanners and copiers. They’ll also be used by children and youths at the shelter for school and educational purposes.

“We definitely had a need for this, even before COVID-19 hit and closed schools,” Pottstown corps commanding officer Maj. Lawrence Shurtleff said.

“Right now,” he explained, “we only have one laptop that must remain in the office of the case manager for all 11 families to utilize” but it’s available only when the case manager office is open. “Thanks to this grant, our residents will now be able to do housing and job searches, online job training, as well as schoolwork with their children at night and on weekends,” Shurtleff added.

The Salvation Army’s Norristown Corps Community Centers won a similarly purposed grant in the amount of $6,734.

The organization is actively seeking partnerships with corporations, foundations, and community partners to help meet the needs of those who are vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis, it said. For more information bout making a corporate gift offer contact Stephen Brown by e-mail, here.

Photo from The Salvation Army of Pottstown