Major Steve Morris of The Salvation Army marked the successful conclusion of the last winter’s Community Matching Grant Challenge on April 26, 2012 during a brief ceremony at the National Capital Area Command’s offices located in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington, DC. The Salvation Army received an additional $158,000 in community donations through a challenge to the community initiated by a local philanthropist.
The challenge, which ran from December 26, 2011 through March 31, 2012, was born out of a matching gift of $150,000 made by Muslim Lakhani, the Chairman and CEO of ML Resources located in downtown Washington. His donation will be used for The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol, a homeless feeding program providing meals to those living on the streets of the nation’s capital. This is the fourth consecutive year that Mr. Lakhani has solely funded Grate Patrol.
“The Salvation Army is grateful to Muslim Lakhani and the community for their generosity in helping us to meet the needs of others living around us,” said Major Steve Morris, Area Commander of The Salvation Army National Capital Area. “The $308,000 in combined gifts will help the Army to provide meals all year long for men and women with no permanent place to call home, and help to keep families from being evicted or losing their utilities, and even paying for groceries, if needed.”
About the Grate Patrol
The Grate Patrol began more than 26 years ago as a nightly feeding program giving homeless men and women an evening meal and fellowship, and the opportunity to receive professional help. Since 1985, the program has operated in downtown DC from a Salvation Army van. The mobile unit makes at least a dozen stops through each evening. A Salvation Army outreach coordinator works directly with individual clients to help them locate medical, dental or mental health services to name a few.
About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 73,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Visit us on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.