The Salvation Army of Pasadena recently honored the Pasadena Community Foundation with its 55th annual “Others” Award. As one of the highest national civic awards that is given by the Salvation Army, the “Others” Award honors an individual or organization that exemplifies an extraordinary spirit of service to others and to the Salvation Army. The award recognizes that PCF has shown exceptional support in the last year to the Salvation Army and to the local community in two ways: pledging $350,000 toward the construction of the Salvation Army’s Hope Center, which will provide 65 permanent supportive housing units for those facing homelessness, and helping to mitigate the deep impact of COVID-19. Maj. Terry Masango, the outgoing corps officer of the Pasadena Tabernacle, commended PCF as one of the first organizations to fund the Hope Center. The project was nearly canceled as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, but he asked the organization for additional time to secure funding, he said. “I was on vacation and just jumped when I heard that PCF had made such a substantial commitment to the Hope Center campaign,”
Masango said. “Their support gave the project much -needed momentum, and the foundation ultimately brought us additional funders to the project. We could not be more grateful for this significant help.” The Salvation Army also received two of the foundation’s COVID-19 Response Grants in 2020, totaling $25,000. Masango said that as his “organization’s needs increased fivefold because of the pandemic, PCF’s funding enabled [him] to exponentially increase distribution of food and hygiene products to families and individuals.” In her acceptance speech on behalf of PCF, President and CEO Jennifer DeVoll said that “in everything we do, Pasadena Community Foundation is in partnership with ‘others’ — both with generous donors and with effective organizations like the Salvation Army. “For each grant we award, we give it careful thought,” DeVoll said. “But every so often, we come across a truly transformative project and funding it feels great. I believe Hope Center is one of those projects. In an environment in which creating supportive, permanent housing is a huge challenge, the Pasadena Tabernacle of the Salvation Army is getting it done.” The “Others” Award dates back to 1912, when Salvation Army founder Gen. William Booth, shortly before his death, expressed a one-word Christmas telegram to his soldiers: “Others.” “It was a message of encouragement that would succinctly renew their efforts in the service of God and humanity,” a Salvation Army spokesperson said.