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In 1998, the late Pastor Emeritus, Robert Johnson Smith shared his vision of a Family Life Center with the Salem congregation. His vision was to increase outreach efforts by addressing the spiritual, education and social needs of not only Salem members, but of surrounding communities. Through the effort of various planning committees and analysis of church survey results, it was determined that a board of directors should be established to form a non-profit corporation to assist the residents of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to fulfill the vision of not only Pastor Emeritus, but his late son, Pastor Robert Johnson Smith, II.
In June, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Robert Johnson Smith Family Life Center was formed. Officers were elected and the board began its initial tasks to form a 501c3 non-profit corporation. Board members included: Ernie Brown, Greg Lyles (Treasurer), Dorothy Rush, Barbara Cottman Jackson (Secretary), Blanche Lewis, Craig Washington, Virgil Walker, Gary Earland (Assistant Treasurer), Derrick Green, Esq (Special Counsel), Alonzo Kittrels (Vice President) and Myra Laws (President). Over a fifteen month period the board created and adopted by-laws, obtained an EIN from the IRS, developed Articles of Incorporation which were approved by the State of Pennsylvania and obtained its 501c3 non-profit status from the IRS in September, 2011.
The work of the board over the past three years has not been limited to completing necessary paperwork for becoming a non-profit. The board has also initiated and/or fostered the following for the Robert Johnson Smith Family Life Center:
The Salem Upscale Thrift Shop was initiated and has become an overwhelming success after one year of existence. .
Renting space in the Family Life Center to other organizations to provide outreach and services to the communities was initiated. These include: Phi Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. for their Twenty Pearls and Emerging Young Leaders programs, as well as the Montgomery County of Cheyney University Alumni Association.
Working with Community Marketing Concepts to provide PECO Smarts seminars to Adult Citizens and Salem members. Ordering computers for the technology lab and establishing computer classes for Salem's adult citizens. Established partnership with the Princeton Review to offer SAT and ACT Practice Tests. .
In the fall of 2013, the board welcomed the Prophecy Club to the Family Life Center. The Prophecy Club is the newest program for the Robert Johnson Smith Family Life Center. The Prophecy Club is a college readiness enrichment program for high school students. Salem member, Crystal Henry, is the director of this established program. Please contact her at 215-878-5155 for further information. Students in grades 9-12 will meet weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Family Life Center
The number in the Church Office is 215 884 7664 .
|Alonzo Kittrels||Vice President|
|Virgil Walker, Esq.||Board Member|
|Greg Lyles||Board Member|
|Ernert Brown||Board Member|
|Blanche T. Lewis|
|Dorothy Sumners Rush|