San Diego, CA (December 15, 2014) Soldiers Who Salsa (SWS) today announced a $15,000 grant award from the DAV Charitable Service Trust that will be used to launch a new program in Philadelphia, PA in the first quarter of 2015. The Trust is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead hiqh-quality lives with respect and dignity, and SWS is honored to be among the charities they deem worthy of their support.
SWS began as a presence at military medical facilities nationwide, but earlier this year expanded its program offerings to VA facilities, and has since launched at six VA locations, two in California, one in Hawaii, one in Colorado, and one in Massachusetts. This grant from the Trust will bring SWS' unique therapeutic programming to the Philadelphia region as well.
"We could not be more grateful to the Trust for their support," said SWS Executive Director Jennifer Ables. "It really shows how far we've come that such a credible and discerning organization considers us worthy of their funds and as a partner in their mission to empower veterans. With their support, I am confident that our Philadelphia program will be as great a success as our other VA programs have been."
Since its founding in 2010, SWS has made it its mission to enhance and enrich the lives of active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a unique program incoporating therapeutic and social dancing with a variety of music and professional instruction. Classes are open to all military personnel and their families, and are provided at no cost to patients thanks to the generosity of donors. What started as a single class in San Diego has grown to 9 weekly classes nationwide, serving active duty military personnel and veterans from age 18 to 81.
The DAV Charitable Service Trust is a 501(c)3 organization that supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs that provide direct service to ill, injured, or wounded veterans. The grants that it awards to various charities nationwide are made possibly and fully funded by donations from the public.
SWS would like to thank Brittany Bermingham of Bermingham Consulting for her donation of time and talent that helped to obtain this grant.