West End Salvation Army gets computer center

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Success in school means success in life. Thanks to the good people at the Target Foundation, Salvation Army kids and adults will get that chance to succeed.

At the Target Library/ Media Center, 1821 Broadhead and Fording Road in the West End, captains Earnest and Vanessa Fullwood along with Chris Staples, district team leader for Target, Councilwoman Theresa Smith and members of the West Side Worship and Service center dedicated the new West Side Center computer lab. The lab consists of 11 new state-of-the-art computer monitors, keyboards and hard drives.

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OFFICIAL PLAQUE—From left: Michael Garrett, IT director for Team Target; Chris Stables, district team leader for Target; captains Vanessa Fullwood and Earnest Fullwood; Councilwoman Theresa Smith and Major Robert J. Reel, eceive the official plaque dedication to the Target Library/Media Center Westside Corps.

“We feel that adding this component to our programming will have a direct and positive impact on all members of our community,” said Earnest Fullwood, The Salvation Army’s West Side Worship and Service Center commanding officer. The upgrading of the computer lab will improve the quality of service that the West Side Worship Service Center can provide to the youths attending the after- school programming as well as assist low-income individuals in achieving self-sufficiency by offering low-cost computer training, resume assistance and assistance with interviewing skills.

“To me this is so important to this community. There are so many people here who can not get to other resources and this community has been forgotten for so long, I think it’s important to show that they are on the map and that people are considering them,” said Smith. The Target Foundation, the charitable arm of the popular retailer, proudly supports The Salvation Army as it serves more than 25 million people across the United States each year.

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NEW COMPUTERS—Councilwoman Theresa Smith, looks on as Miles Walker, Ella Mae Madison, Louise Jiggets and Ethel Johnson try out the new computers in the lab.

“So many times people say to me, ‘Why worry about those people?’ because to me it is a moral issue. These people deserve to be represented and also deserve to have a voice in the community,” Smith said. The goal of the new Salvation Army Target media center is to establish an up-to-date computer lab in order to enhance their current youth and senior’s programming as well as provide a new resource to the entire community. The new lab will be used to provide homework assistance to participants in the after-school program, computer training courses, word processing, spreadsheets, how to use the Internet and to connect to other outside resources as to allow those who wish to be a part of the technological age of computer access.

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