In 2009, the John D.V. Salvador Foundation recognized the need to provide support for young adults transitioning to school and work after their stay at San Martin de Porres, outside Manila. To support this goal, the JDVSF identified a site in the Tondo section of Manila and began to raise funds.The Tondo Halfway House (“Centro Salvador”) was inaugurated on Monday, July 1, 2013.

“The building is an important milestone for our charity,” says Chairwoman Lizelle Salvador at the 2013 inauguration event. “It is the foundation for our efforts to break the cycle of poverty. We want to make sure that all the kids from St. Martin leave the orphanage with work experience and a job lined up.”

Today, this multipurpose facility has deep roots in the Tondo community and supports many activities including:

  • Housing & support for recent SMDP graduates as they transition
  • Temporary housing for displaced mothers & children
  • A sewing & craft center to enable people to make and sell good for self-support
  • A small permanent medical clinic, and periodic visiting dental and medical clinics
  • Child sponsorship programs
  • Community feeding & outreach
John D.V. Salvador