In the heart of downtown Watsonville lies an extraordinary and much needed organization for the residents of this community. In a city where many are seasonal workers and experience low salary wages, The Salvation Army Watsonville is a resource to these residents.
A key contributor to the services offered is Major Robert Viquez. Since joining the Watsonville chapter, Major Viquez has worked hard to improve the facility and make it more welcoming. “I have an open door policy and want to be transparent. Anybody who walks in through my doors is always welcome. I want this place to be comfortable for them.” Viquez and his team visit SHFB 2-3 times a week in order to meet the needs of his organization. “We, as well as the families that we serve, are very grateful for the food bank. We try to make use of everything that we receive, nothing ever goes to waste.”
The Salvation Army of Watsonville has been serving the residents of this community for over 20 years. The organization provides several services and programs that align with its mission to help people meet their basic human needs. Programs include a soup kitchen that serves dinner 7 days a week, a weekly pantry, emergency food boxes, a children’s summer program, and Home League, which provides life skill classes and healthy meals to women.
The soup kitchen serves over 130 individuals each night, the pantry provides fresh produce to 70 families per week, and about 80-85 women participate in the Home League program. There is no doubt that the services offered provide tremendous support to the community and The Salvation Army of Watsonville continues to be a much valued and appreciated organization.