Seven decades of service


For 66 years, The Salvation Army’s Los Angeles Red Shield has sat in the heart of the city’s Pico-Union neighborhood, a crowded community just west of downtown long plagued by poverty and gang violence.

“There’s just a lot of history here,” says executive director Irene Lewis. “It’s been a refuge for so many children.”

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Prominent sports figures have long shown their appreciation for the high quality programming provided by the center. Here at a late 1970s sports award banquet, Red Shield program director (left) Hamp Morris and a group of skateboarders were paid a visit from Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, widely considered one of the best offensive lineman to ever play in the NFL.

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