JIS News

United Way of Jamaica has granted $2 million to the Salvation Army for the refurbishing and equipping of its multi-purpose centre in Port Antonio, which was extensively damaged during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.Among the equipment to be provided are refrigerators, stoves and computers.
The facility, which is located on the compound once operated by the Jamaica Railway Corporation, provides a number of services to residents including training in computer technology, dressmaking and other skill areas.
It also serves as a distribution point for Food for the Poor, and provides tools and animal feed for needy farmers in the parish.
Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Jamaica, Winsome Wilkens, who toured the centre on Thursday (Nov. 9), praised the work of the Salvation Army. She said that United Way was happy to assist such a worthy cause.
Major Selbourne Oates, Head of the Salvation Army in Port Antonio, thanked the organisation for the assistance provided, noting that it would go a far way in helping the organisation to reach more people.
Informing that some 5,000 persons were direct beneficiaries of the services provided at the centre, he said there were plans to expand the offerings to include a literacy programme, training in Spanish, and the introduction of additional skills training in collaboration with the HEART Trust/NTA.
United Way of Jamaica is a non-profit private voluntary organization that is dedicated to assisting the social and material needs of the less fortunate and disadvantaged Jamaicans. It is an affiliate of United Way International.