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The Salvation Army upgrades health services in south Florida

The Salvation Army upgrades health services in south Florida

By: Brad Rowland

Much like its sister commands across the territory, the country and the world, the Miami, Florida, Area Command of The Salvation Army strives to serve its community in a variety of ways. That includes the operation of the Red Shield Lodge, with 256 beds housing individuals seeking to transition into financial independence and reintegrate as working citizens of the community.

With an eye toward that ultimate goal, a new Health Resource Center was dedicated on March 29. In concert with a new chapel for the Hialeah Corps and a full renovation to the lodge itself, the new unit includes specialized medical equipment and a partnership with Camillus Health Concern and the Health Foundation of South Florida.

“We started with this dream,” said Captain Enrique Azuaje, area commander. “How we can enlarge our social service program so that our residents and clients can feel recognized and feel that we are able to continue supporting them in different ways.
Seeing people in an entire perspective, in the soul, in the mind, and also in the physical, in the body. And sometimes people need that kind of support, specifically health support.”

Presently, the Health Resource Center is a part-time unit, with plans to move into a different part of the shelter itself when renovations are fully completed. That move stems from a desire to provide optimal privacy and accommodations to those needing medical services, given the presence of the “Here’s Hope” wing dedicated to serving residents with significant health challenges. Prior to the integration of the HRC, it was often a challenge for medical personnel to arrive in timely fashion to assist these individuals, and the on-site presence of top-shelf equipment and those equipped to operate it will make a tremendous impact.

“This facility has been remodeled, remade, refurbished, refinished, renewed, restored, redeemed for the purposes of doing the same thing in the lives of our guests, of our residents, I love that word. Because that’s what they are,” said Lt. Colonel Ken Luyk, divisional commander.

The lodge renovation also includes remodeled common areas and updated client rooms and social services areas. Plans are in the works for continued expansion, including a playground for youth, but the upgrades already in place are significant and, through it all, the focus remains on the greater goal of providing hope.

“These welcoming surroundings will continue to be a refuge and a place where healing and hope are shepherded,” said Lt. Colonel Luyk. “We dedicate this center to the work of the King, where healing will take place, where hope will be offered, where encouragement will be shared, where compassion will be expressed, and where lives will be transformed through the power of the gospel in his honor and his glory, Amen.”

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Second-year cadets take compassion to cities on the border

Second-year cadets take compassion to cities on the border

By: Cadets Amanda Cain and Sarah Nance

The Messengers of Compassion Session at the Evangeline Booth College has more than experienced the way God moves forward with his plan and his plan alone. Traditionally, the second-year cadets anxiously wait for their Spring Mission reveal during a special Sunday night fellowship meeting. Captain Marion Platt, through a mission-themed game of Jeopardy, revealed that the session would be going to Port Au Prince, Haiti. However, a few days later they would soon find out that God had a different plan for their session to serve the border communities of Laredo and McAllen, Texas.

With political unrest in Haiti and the humanitarian crisis in the Rio Grande Valley, it was extremely important to the session to come together and pray for both areas. After arriving in Texas, their hearts were heavy as they saw busloads of asylum seekers forming lines into the Holding Institute in Laredo and the Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen. More than 300 people, including children, enter these centers daily for rest, soup and a quick shower.

The Laredo, Texas brigade planned on doing an open air in the downtown square, but due to permit issues they instead asked to have the open air at the Holding Institute. The resounding of the brass band and the words of “Te Amo” filled the ears of those who enjoyed the open air. They spread joy by painting faces, making balloon animals and giving out free sno-cones. They formed relationships by playing different games with a rainbow-colored parachute and making crafts. One little girl made a timbrel at the craft station and quickly asked Cadet Amanda Cain to teach her the timbrel drill set to the music of “Te Amo.” Without pause, the cadet taught her the moves and together they played and practiced the drill, sharing an unforgettable moment.

“Even though many of us spoke different languages and couldn’t communicate well with each other, we were still able to enjoy each other’s fellowship and ability to love each other,” Cadet Cain said.

The McAllen brigade had an opportunity to spend an evening at Ejercito de Salvacion Hogar de Nino in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. As each cadet entered this small children’s village, a piece of his or her heart was changed forever. The children were led into the chapel, where Cadet Sarah Nance would share a devotion about the pieces of their heart and the way that Jesus could make their hearts whole. They sang together, “Christo me ama” (Jesus Loves Me) and in this moment the cadets knew that the place was filled by the Holy Spirit.

Majors Abel and Ana Flores command the children’s village, and the light of their love for the children filled every room the cadets entered. Cadet Tre’von King said this of the visit, “Our visit to the children’s home in Reynosa broke me down. Most of the children have experienced a lot of pain and trauma, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell. They were content, full of energy, love and excitement. They were happy in spite of it all. There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t thought about the moments spent with them.”

Words could never describe the joy that the Messengers of Compassion felt while serving on Spring Mission. While the original plans were changed, nothing could ever surpass what God has in store for his people. Believers go on mission with the expectation that they are going to bring something that the people do not have whether that be food, hygiene products or creative programs, but what the people of these communities give back is so much more than we could imagine.

In the words of Major Roni Robbins, “This place. These people. We are forever changed.”

Cadets Amanda Cain and Sarah Nance are members of the Messengers of Compassion Session.

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Atlanta students share their love of lacrosse with Boys & Girls Club kids

Atlanta students share their love of lacrosse with Boys & Girls Club kids

By: David Ibata

The boys high school football team from Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, had such a great time working with the children at a Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club camp last summer, the boys lacrosse team recently came out to run a similar event for that sport.

The football players “enjoyed themselves so much, they spread the word to the lacrosse team, and the lacrosse team came out last Saturday,” said Joshua Dickerson, executive director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta. “They did lacrosse skills and drills and even a miniature lacrosse game.”

The Westminster Schools, a private Christian day school for boys and girls in pre-first through 12th grades, is a Salvation Army partner. About 20 of its high school varsity lacrosse players volunteered for four hours Saturday morning, March 30, at the Bellwood Boys & Girls Club on Atlanta’s west side. They worked with 15 youngsters ages 6 to 14 from the Bellwood and Fuqua (Atlanta) clubs.

The lacrosse camp was made possible in part by the donation of 12 complete uniforms – including sticks, helmets, gloves and shoulder and arm pads – by the Andrew Oswald Memorial Fund. The nonprofit organization, founded in memory of a teen lacrosse standout from metro Atlanta who died in a motor vehicle accident in 2005, supports youth and high school lacrosse in Georgia.

“The kids who participated were really excited and enthusiastic about the sport,” Dickerson said. “Now, we’re looking for someone, a volunteer, to come out and teach the children lacrosse.”

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Messengers of Compassion Appointments

Messengers of Compassion Appointments

Friday, May 3, 2019

On behalf of the Territorial Commander, we are very pleased to announce the following appointments effective Monday, June 17, 2019 unless otherwise stated.

Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi Division
Cadet Carla J. Lawson Corps Officer – Pascagoula, MS

Arkansas & Oklahoma Division
Cadet Jay Stegall, Jr. Corps Officer – Altus, OK
Cadet Martha I. Stegall Corps Officer – Altus, OK

Florida Division
Cadet Sarah A. Nance Assistant Corps Officer – Fort Myers, FL
Cadet Cornelius E. Walton Assistant Corps Officer – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Georgia Division
Cadet Trevon R. King Kroc Center Officer for Congregational Life – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta

Kentucky & Tennessee Division
Cadet Lindsey N. Galabeas Corps Officer – Danville, KY
Cadet Roger Galabeas Corps Officer – Danville, KY
Cadet Noah E. Lind Youth Officer – Louisville (South), KY

Maryland & West Virginia Division
Cadet Antiono Willis Corps Officer – Baltimore (Hampden), MD

National Capital & Virginia Division
Cadet Mark E. Craddock Assistant Corps Officer – Fredericksburg, VA
Cadet Rachel L. Pruitt Assistant Corps Officer – Roanoke, VA

North & South Carolina Division
Cadet Jae S. Park Assistant Corps Officer – Raleigh, NC
Cadet Hye S. Yun (Park) Assistant Corps Officer – Raleigh, NC
Cadet Devin K. Sassano Corps Officer – Sumter, SC
Cadet Lara R. Sassano Corps Officer – Sumter, SC

Texas Division
Cadet Amanda L. Cain Corps Officer – Plano, TX
Cadet Michael T. Cain Corps Officer – Plano, TX

Please be in prayer for the Cadets as they prepare for their Commissioning and Ordination in the next few weeks.

The appointment service will be uploaded here: youtube.com/SalArmySouth

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Richmond celebrates renovated Boys & Girls Club

Richmond celebrates renovated Boys & Girls Club

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has been serving children in the East End of Richmond, Virginia, since 1920. The current building, located at 3701 R Street, first opened in 1971. The Salvation Army recently completed the first major renovation since that time.

Over the last 15 months, crews have been completing nearly $8 million in upgrades and an expansion of about 8,000 square feet of program space. Some changes at the facility include a renovated year-round indoor aquatics center, STEM studios, expanded teen center, updated gymnasium and the addition of community classrooms and a fitness studio.

“Our goal has always been to create a safe and empowering environment to provide children and community members opportunities to reach their full potential,” said Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club executive director Hugh Jones. “We believe this updated facility will help us deliver on that even better than before.”

In the coming months, the club will offer community usage outside of usual after-school hours to provide programming and resources to improve wellness in Richmond’s East End.

About 250 children came out for Tuesday’s Splash Day, where two former Olympic medalist swimmers encouraged kids to dream big, dive in and achieve in the renovated year-round indoor aquatics center.

Simone Manuel, two-time gold and two-time silver Olympic medalist and first African-American woman to win individual gold in swimming, and Maritza McClendon, Olympic silver medalist and first African-American woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, met with club members and invited guests from other youth organizations, participated in a Q&A and swam in a relay race alongside three of the club members.

“Facilities like this are so amazing. It’s so awesome that this area is newly renovated,” said Manuel. “It gives them an opportunity to come and have some extracurricular activities after school. It’s awesome that the pool is renovated and that they can learn how to swim, have a good time and make memories.”

McClendon says it’ll provide greater access to aquatics for the community.

“Back when I was swimming in 2004, 70 percent of African-American children didn’t know how to swim. Now we’re at 64 percent. Facilities like this are what’s going to make that statistic reduce,” said McClendon.

The special Investing in Futures fundraising dinner April 11 brought guests and sponsors together with current club members. The event also included a tour of the updated building, and guests heard from a variety of speakers. Funds raised through the dinner will be used to support club programs.

The mayor, school superintendent and school board representative were just a few of the dignitaries who attended the ribbon-cutting and dedication. One of the speakers, Richmond Sheriff Antionette Irving, said she learned to play basketball at the club, helping her to earn a college scholarship.

Mayor Levar Stoney emphasized the importance of having quality out-of-school time. “It’s my hope that we have the whole room packed 20 years from now of people who’ve walked through this door and are successes – not only in this city, but also in this world,” he said.

On Saturday, April 13, hundreds of people passed through the doors of the renovated Club during the Community Day open house celebration. Among the visitors were club alumni, current and prospective members, neighbors and volunteers. Several of the club’s program partners gave live demonstrations during the open house to give a better sense of what it’s like on a typical day at the club.

Source: southernspiritonline.org

June Appointments & Messengers of the Kingdom Summer Assignments

June Appointments

Southern Territorial Leadership announced the following appointments:

Please be in prayer as these officers prepare to take up their new appointment responsibilities.

* indicates additional responsibilities

Southern Territory Headquarters
Spiritual Life Development
To Be Announced – Territorial Secretary for Spiritual Life Development
To Be Announced – Assistant Territorial Secretary for Spiritual Life
Development
Major Rick Raymer – Territorial Spiritual Life Development Officer & THQ Chaplain *

Personnel Services
Captain Jervonne S. Hinton Candidate’s Secretary

Business Administration Service
Major Stephen Kelly – Assistant Territorial Audit Secretary
Major Leanne Kelly – Territorial Auditor
Lieutenant Leon R. Ferráez – Territorial Legal Secretary

Program Services
Major Kwang Hee Chang –  Director – Corrections/Institutional Services/Bible Correspondence – Social Services
Major Jessica M. Cox – Corrections Correspondence Grader – Social Services
Major Jerry D. Friday – Evangelism and Adult Ministries Secretary
Major Cheryl L. Gilliam – Territorial Youth Secretary
Major Tim Gilliam – Territorial Youth Secretary
Major Mark R. Satterlee – Associate Evangelism and Adult Ministries Secretary*
Captain Robert J. Dolby, IV – Territorial Mission Specialist
Captain Heather Dolby – Territorial Mission Specialist
* indicates additional responsibilities

Adult Rehabilitation Centers
Major Cristina Murphy – Command Secretary for Business – ARC Command
Major John P. Murphy – General Secretary – ARC Command Command Secretary for Personnel – ARC Command *
Major Tammy R. Vick – Command Secretary for Production and Property – ARC Command
Major Gregory W. Davis – Administrator – Fort Lauderdale, FL ARC
Major Tammy V. Davis – Administrator – Fort Lauderdale, FL ARC
Major Ruth New – Administrator – Charlotte, NC ARC
Captain Richard A. New – Administrator – Charlotte, NC ARC
Major Cathy Riley – Administrator – Hampton Roads, VA ARC
Major Matt Riley – Administrator – Hampton Roads, VA ARC
Major David A. Sams – Administrator – Washington, DC and Suburban Maryland ARC
Captain Stephen G. Correira – Administrator – Jacksonville, FL ARC
Lieutenant Bernadette Correira – Administrator – Jacksonville, FL ARC
Captain Brett W. Cundiff – Administrator – Austin, TX ARC
Captain Kimberly A. Cundiff – Administrator – Austin, TX ARC

Evangeline Booth College School for Officer Training
Major Stephen J. Na – Senior Instructor
Major Sujung Na – Personnel Officer
Captain Andrea G. Hoover – Director of Personnel
Lieutenant Laurie A. Ferráez – Family Life Center Director/Spiritual Health & Wellness Officer

Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi Division
Captain Lorie Hunter – Divisional Secretary for Program Assistant Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries/Community Care Ministries/Evangelism &
Adult Ministries/Older Adult Ministries *
Captain Mark Hunter – Divisional Secretary for Business
Major Charles M. Powell – Area Commander – Birmingham, AL
Major Paula V. Powell – Area Commander – Birmingham, AL
Major Ray D. Morton – Corps Officer – Tupelo, MS
Major Whitney P. Morton – Corps Officer – Tupelo, MS
Major August Pillsbury, III – Corps Officer – Mobile (County), AL
Major Melissa C. Pillsbury – Corps Officer – Mobile (County), AL
Lieutenant Jamaal B. Ellis Corps Officer – Shreveport, LA
* indicates additional responsibilities
Lieutenant Tamarique M. Ellis – Corps Officer – Shreveport, LA
Lieutenant Brian M. Hicks – Corps Officer – Hattiesburg, MS
Lieutenant Crystal L. Hicks – Corps Officer – Hattiesburg, MS
Lieutenant Jason O. McMullin – Corps Officer – Greenwood, MS
Lieutenant Keisha D. McMullin – Corps Officer – Greenwood, MS
Lieutenant Tamara G. Robb – Corps Officer – Meridian, MS
Lieutenant Christy L. Coulson – Assistant Corps Officer – New Orleans (Citadel), LA
Lieutenant Thomas A. Johnson Assistant Corps Officer – Jackson, MS

Arkansas & Oklahoma Division
Major Kari L. Booth – Assistant to Area Commander – Tulsa, OK
Major Heidi A. Farrell – Corps Officer – Oklahoma City (Citadel), OK
Major Christopher Farrell Corps Officer – Oklahoma City (Citadel), OK
Major Holly Needham – Corps Officer – Russellville, AR (Effective 08/26/19)
Major Ben Walters, Jr. – Corps Officer – Norman, OK
Major Rhonda L. Walters – Corps Officer – Norman, OK
Captain Patrick Connelly – Corps Officer – Shawnee, OK
Captain Stacey Connelly – Corps Officer – Shawnee, OK
Captain Andrew M. Thorson – Corps Officer – Rogers, AR
Captain Shannon M. Thorson – Corps Officer – Rogers, AR
Lieutenant Zachary S. Good – Corps Officer – Sand Springs, OK
Lieutenant Breann M. Massey – DHQ Pro-Tem – DHQ Staff

Florida Division
Lt. Colonel Dawn M. Luyk – Divisional Women’s Auxiliary Secretary*
Major DeeAnn L. Glick – Associate Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries
Major Roger A. Glick – Divisional Secretary for Board and Donor Development
Major Paula Henderson – Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries
Major Jackie Johnson – Divisional Secretary for Personnel
Captain Julie A. Igleheart – Community Care Ministries/Older Adult Ministries
Secretary *
Major Candice M. Biggers – Area Commander – Jacksonville, FL
Major Keath Biggers – Area Commander – Jacksonville, FL
Major Carlyle K. Gargis Area Commander – Ft. Myers, FL Corps Officer – Fort Myers, FL *
Major Charlotte R. Gargis – Area Commander – Ft. Myers, FL – Corps Officer – Fort Myers, FL *
Major James Hall – Area Commander – Palm Beach County, FL
Major Leisa A. Hall – Area Commander – Palm Beach County, FL
* indicates additional responsibilities
Major Connie J. Long – Area Commander – Fort Lauderdale, FL Corps Officer – Fort Lauderdale, FL *
Major Steve Long Area Commander – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Corps Officer – Fort Lauderdale, FL *
Major Carla E. Binnix – Corps Officer – Panama City, FL
Major Edward W. Binnix – Corps Officer – Panama City, FL
Major Juan A. Guadalupe – Corps Officer – Bradenton, FL
Major Bivi Guadalupe – Corps Officer – Bradenton, FL
Captain Jennifer L. Jones – Corps Officer – St. Petersburg (Citadel), FL
Captain Patrick Jones – Corps Officer – St. Petersburg (Citadel), FL
Captain Claudia Roseno – Corps Officer – Port Charlotte, FL
Captain Israel D. Roseno – Corps Officer – Port Charlotte, FL
Captain Kristy N’Kanza – Assistant Corps Officer – Bradenton, FL
Lieutenant April J. Davis – Corps Officer – Venice, FL
Lieutenant Joshua L. Davis – Corps Officer – Venice, FL
Lieutenant Christopher R. Doborwicz – Corps Officer – Leesburg, FL
Lieutenant Elyse J. Doborwicz – Corps Officer – Leesburg, FL

Georgia Division
Major Melissa M. Romack – Mission Alignment Officer – Divisional Candidates’ Secretary *
Captain Ruth A. Cancia – Divisional Youth Secretary
Captain Elaine Canning – Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries
Captain Philip A. Canning – Divisional Secretary
Major Douglas E. McClure – Area Commander – Augusta, GA
Major Storm D. McClure – Area Commander – Augusta, GA – Senior Kroc Center Officer – The Salvation Army Ray and
Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta *
Major Angela R. Repass – Corps Officer – Atlanta (International), GA
Major David Repass – Corps Officer – Atlanta (International), GA
Major Louna Smith – Senior Kroc Center Officer – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Atlanta
Major Pierre L. Smith Senior Kroc Center Officer – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Atlanta
Captain Ruth E. Kenyon – Corps Officer – Cartersville, GA
Captain Tom Kenyon – Corps Officer – Cartersville, GA
Captain Alyssa A. Irvin – Assistant Corps Officer – Atlanta (Temple), GA
Lieutenant Dakarai H. Darby – Corps Officer – Atlanta (Peachcrest), GA
Lieutenant Dominique Z. Darby – Corps Officer – Atlanta (Peachcrest), GA
* indicates additional responsibilities
Lieutenant Arnaldo R. Peña – Corps Officer – Dalton, GA
Lieutenant Niurka E. Peña – Corps Officer – Dalton, GA
Lieutenant Andre P. Pereira – Corps Officer – Gainesville, GA
Lieutenant Debora P. Pereira – Corps Officer – Gainesville, GA
Sergeant Bruce Williams – Corps Officer – Warner Robins, GA
Sergeant Tavia Williams – Corps Officer – Warner Robins, GA

Kentucky & Tennessee Division
Major Natalie N. Jackson – Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries
Major Cedric W. McClure – Community Care Ministries Secretary/Older Adult Ministries Secretary – DHQ Staff
Major Melody K. McClure – Divisional Finance Secretary – DHQ Staff
Major Sandra E. Story – Corps Officer – Nashville (Citadel), TN
Major Stephen W. Story – Corps Officer – Nashville (Citadel), TN
Captain Daniel Nelson – Area Commander – Knoxville, TN – Corps Officer – Knoxville, TN *
Captain Sarah E. Nelson – Area Commander – Knoxville, TN – Corps Officer – Knoxville, TN *
Captain Marion C. Platt III – Area Commander – Memphis, TN
Captain Everette F. Platt – Area Commander – Memphis, TN Senior Kroc Center Officer – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Memphis *
Captain Benny R. Carringer – Corps Officer – Henderson, KY
Captain Crystal M. Carringer – Corps Officer – Henderson, KY
Captain Laura A. Cox – Corps Officer – Bowling Green, KY
Captain Michael S. Cox – Corps Officer – Bowling Green, KY
Captain Jane E. Monroe – Corps Officer – Nashville (Berry Street), TN
Lieutenant Mark J. Cancia – Trevecca Student Ministries – DHQ Staff
Lieutenant Julinda T. Davis – Corps Officer – Chattanooga (East Lake), TN
Lieutenant Douglas Monroe – Corps Officer – Nashville (Berry Street), TN
Lieutenant Brittany L. Sanford – Assistant Corps Officer – Nashville (Citadel), TN
Lieutenant Antwann Yocum – Corps Officer – Johnson City, TN
Lieutenant Bethany N. Yocum – Corps Officer – Johnson City, TN
Lieutenant Chelsea E. Fleeman – Assistant Corps Officer – Knoxville, TN
Sergeant Kevin J. Justice – Corps Officer – Richmond, KY
Sergeant Wendy J. Justice – Corps Officer – Richmond, KY

* indicates additional responsibilities

Maryland & West Virginia Division
Captain Lorraina G. Crawford – Associate Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries*
Major Angela K. English – Corps Officer – Havre De Grace, MD
Major Kelly M. English – Corps Officer – Havre De Grace, MD
Major Carey A. Richmond – Corps Officer – Parkersburg, WV
Captain Patrick T. Richmond – Corps Officer – Parkersburg, WV
Captain Mark Van Meter – Corps Officer – Wheeling, WV
Captain Jennifer Van Meter – Corps Officer – Wheeling, WV
Captain Emily Vincent – Corps Officer – Annapolis, MD
Captain Ryan Vincent – Corps Officer – Annapolis, MD
Lieutenant Gene L. Hunt – Corps Officer – Weirton, WV
Lieutenant Bo Parsons – Corps Officer – Cambridge, MD
Lieutenant Wendy M. Parsons – Corps Officer – Cambridge, MD

National Capital & Virginia Division
Captain Jamie Bell – Divisional Secretary for Personnel – DHQ Staff – Divisional Candidates’ Secretary – DHQ Staff *
Captain Nichole Bell – Divisional Secretary for Program – DHQ Staff – DEAMS – Evangelism & Adult Ministries Secretary – DHQ
Staff *
Captain Katrina Y. Chase – Community Care Ministries Secretary/Older Adult Ministries Secretary*
Captain Lee Wilson, Jr.  – Assistant Divisional Secretary for Business
Captain Michelle L. Wilson – Divisional Secretary for Business
Major Mark A. Woodcock – Area Commander – Washington, DC
Major Rhea D. Woodcock – Area Commander – Washington, DC
Major George W. Hackbarth – Corps Officer – Covington, VA
Major Robin A. Hackbarth – Corps Officer – Covington, VA
Captain Jamie L. Clay – Corps Officer – Roanoke, VA
Captain Russell D. Clay – Corps Officer – Roanoke, VA
Lieutenant George A. Keith – Corps Officer – Hyattsville (Prince Georges), MD
Lieutenant Ruby L. Keith – Corps Officer – Hyattsville (Prince Georges), MD
Lieutenant Johnathan R. Meredith – Corps Officer – Staunton, VA
Lieutenant Kelsey D. Meredith – Corps Officer – Staunton, VA
Lieutenant Ashley E. Mumford – Corps Officer – Martinsville, VA
Lieutenant Bradly I. Mumford – Corps Officer – Martinsville, VA
* indicates additional responsibilities

North & South Carolina Division
Major Melody A. Coulson – Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries
Major Earl E. Fitzgerald – Divisional Men’s Ministries Secretary
Major Janice Fitzgerald – Divisional Community Care Ministries Secretary Divisional Older Adult Ministries Secretary*
Major Leona G. O’Bryant – Divisional Secretary for Personnel
Major Amy Kelly – Area Commander – Greenville, SC Senior Kroc Center Officer – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Greenville *
Major Andrew Kelly – Area Commander – Greenville, SC Senior Kroc Center Officer – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Greenville *
Major Algerome E. Newsome – Area Commander – Raleigh, NC Corps Officer – Raleigh, NC *
Major Teresa L. Newsome – Area Commander – Raleigh, NC Corps Officer – Raleigh, NC *
Major Catherine A. Costas – Corps Officer – Charlotte (Temple), NC
Major Pete D. Costas, Jr.  – Corps Officer – Charlotte (Temple), NC
Major David E. Craddock – Corps Officer – Smithfield, NC
Major Karen A. Craddock – Corps Officer – Smithfield, NC
Major Yong Kwan Kim – Corps Officer – Winston-Salem (Kernersville), NC
Major Young Soon Kim – Corps Officer – Winston-Salem (Kernersville), NC
Major Hae Young Lee – Corps Officer – Reidsville (Rockingham County), NC
Major Syung Young Lee – Corps Officer – Reidsville (Rockingham County), NC
Major Jennifer C. Melton – Corps Officer – Conway, SC
Major JoAnn Mure –  Corps Officer – Statesville, NC
Major Joseph B. Mure – Corps Officer – Statesville, NC
Major Robbie D. Robbins –  Corps Officer – Rock Hill, SC
Major Sharon D. Robbins –  Corps Officer – Rock Hill, SC
Captain Timothy – Delaney To Be Announced
Captain Bethany – Delaney To Be Announced
Captain Aaron K. Goldfarb – Corps Officer – Morehead City, NC
Captain Jamie Goldfarb – Corps Officer – Morehead City, NC
Captain David Lorenzo – Corps Officer – Winston-Salem (Citadel), NC
Captain Raquel Lorenzo – Corps Officer – Winston-Salem (Citadel), NC
Captain Carl J. Melton – Corps Officer – Conway, SC
Captain Andrea N. Sikes – Corps Officer – Anderson, SC
Captain John C. Sikes – Corps Officer – Anderson, SC
Captain Matthew T. Trayler- Corps Officer – Hickory, NC
* indicates additional responsibilities
Captain Rebecca J. Trayler – Corps Officer – Hickory, NC
Captain Jason M. Quinn – Kroc Center Officer for Congregational Life – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Greenville
Captain Sarah C. Quinn –  Kroc Center Officer for Congregational Life – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Greenville
Lieutenant Amanda R. Keaton – Corps Officer – Concord, NC
Lieutenant Joshua J. Keaton – Corps Officer – Concord, NC
Lieutenant Kyle H. Madison – Corps Officer – Greenville (Rutherford Street 614), SC
Lieutenant Sarah M. Madison – Corps Officer – Greenville (Rutherford Street 614), SC
Lieutenant Carrie A. McCall – Corps Officer – Boone, NC
Lieutenant Michael W. McGee – Corps Officer – Burlington, NC
Lieutenant Rebecca L. McGee – Corps Officer – Burlington, NC
Lieutenant Derrick K. Smith – Corps Officer – Henderson, NC
Lieutenant Odessa Z. Smith – Corps Officer – Henderson, NC
Lieutenant Shamekia S. Kitchings – Assistant Corps Officer – Charlotte (Temple), NC

Texas Division
Captain Mike Harris – Divisional Finance Secretary
Major Shelley E. Bell – Area Commander – Houston, TX
Major Zachary Z. Bell – Area Commander – Houston, TX
Major Jacqulyn B. Reckline – Area Commander – Austin, TX
Major Lewis R. Reckline – Area Commander – Austin, TX
Major David B. Atkins –  Corps Officer (Post Retirement) – Amarillo, TX
Major Russell S. Czajkowski – Corps Officer – McKinney, TX
Major Tracey L. Czajkowski –  Corps Officer – McKinney, TX
Major Linda E. Keeney – Corps Officer – San Antonio (Citadel), TX
Major Russ W. Keeney – Corps Officer – San Antonio (Citadel), TX
Major Adriana Martinez – Corps Officer – Austin (Citadel), TX
Major Alfonso J. Martinez – Corps Officer – Austin (Citadel), TX
Major David J. Worthy – Corps Officer – Lubbock, TX
Major Dawn E. Worthy – Corps Officer – Lubbock, TX
Captain Joe DeBlanc – Corps Officer – Carr P. Collins Harbor Light Corps
Captain Maxie DeBlanc – Corps Officer – Carr P. Collins Harbor Light Corps
Captain Lucila L. Doria – Corps Officer – Texas City, TX Corps Officer – Galveston (614), TX *
Captain Nathanael. Doria – Corps Officer – Texas City, TX – Corps Officer – Galveston (614), TX *
* indicates additional responsibilities
Captain Rebecca Galabeas – Corps Officer – Laredo, TX
Captain Rojelio Galabeas –  Corps Officer – Laredo, TX
Captain Joshua T. McKain – Corps Officer – Abilene, TX
Captain Rachel R. McKain – Corps Officer – Abilene, TX
Lieutenant Adolph Aguirre – Corps Officer – McAllen, TX
Lieutenant Patricia Aguirre – Corps Officer – McAllen, TX
Lieutenant Ben Godwin – Corps Officer – Big Spring, TX
Lieutenant Charlsie A. Godwin – Corps Officer – Big Spring, TX
Lieutenant Peter C. Kang – Corps Officer – Houston (Temple), TX
Lieutenant Youngsun Kang –  Corps Officer – Houston (Temple), TX

Expressing appreciation to those farewelling and entering retirement in the coming months:
BOONE, Captain Darlene KENNELL, Major Margaret
BOONE, Captain Ralph LANGLEY, Captain Angela
BURLEIGH, Captain Catherine LANGLEY, Captain Richard
BURLEIGH, Captain Duane LEONARD, Captain David
CANCIA, Captain Albert LEONARD, Major Geraldine
CANCIA, Captain Carmelle OWENS, Major W.D.
CHILDS, Major Otis OWENS, Major Neala
CHILDS, Major Vivian PATTERSON, Major George
DANIEL, Major Jeffrey PATTERSON, Major Holly
DANIEL, Major Linda POOLE, Major Johnny
FEINAUER, Major Kim POOLE, Major Rebekah
FEINAUER, Major Roxanne ROBERTS, Major Timothy
FULLER, Major Burnita ROBERTS, Major Janice
FULLER, Major Paul VICK, Major Daphne
HUDSON, Major Henry VICK, Major Donald
HUDSON, Major Deborah WHITE, Major Linda
WHITE, Major Paul

We express our gratitude for a job well done in their present appointments and our prayer for these officers as
they prepare their hearts and minds for these new responsibilities.

Messengers of the Kingdom Summer Assignments

On behalf of the Territorial Commander, we are very pleased to announce the following Summer
Assignments for the Cadets of the Messengers of the Kingdom Session:

Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi Division
Cadet Rebekah J. Lind – Mississippi Gulf Coast Area Command, MS

Arkansas & Oklahoma Division
Cadet Tim Morrison – North Little Rock, AR
Cadet Bailey D. Partain – Hot Springs, AR
Cadet James W. Spencer – Northwest Arkansas Area Command, AR
Cadet Kelly L. Spencer – Northwest Arkansas Area Command, AR

Florida Division
Cadet Crystal S. Dupree – Naples, FL
Cadet Dushawn D. Dupree – Naples, FL
Cadet Alisha M. Fagan – Stuart (Martin County), FL
Cadet Kenneth Scott Fagan – Stuart (Martin County), FL
Cadet Abby C. Milner – Lakeland, FL
Cadet James J. Milner – Lakeland, FL

Georgia Division
Cadet Nathali Arroqui – Dalton, GA
Cadet Sebastian A. Arroqui – Dalton, GA
Cadet Schelika Chisolm – Marietta, GA
Cadet Lamarcus D. Jackson – Savannah, GA
Cadet Konstantin Y. Maslenikov – Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Atlanta
Cadet Anna M. Maslenikova – Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Atlanta
Cadet Shawn Simmons – Atlanta (Peachcrest), GA
Cadet Jennifer N. Webb – Atlanta (International), GA

Maryland & West Virginia Division
Cadet Mariah N. Deshazo – Frederick, MD

North & South Carolina Division

Cadet Heidi Rhonehouse – Greenville, NC

Texas Division
Cadet James Guzman – Bryan/College Station, TX
Cadet Claudia Guzman – Bryan/College Station, TX

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Pathway of Hope: 4 years breaking the chain of poverty

Pathway of Hope: 4 years breaking the chain of poverty

By: David Ibata

Sharonda Mobley came to The Salvation Army Service Center in St. Marys, Georgia, after leaving an abusive relationship; she and her two young children were living in a domestic violence shelter. Thanks to Pathway of Hope, Mobley and her family are now self-supporting, and she’s well on her way to becoming an independent business woman.

“They showed me someone’s always there,” Mobley said, “With the Pathway of Hope, people are so loving and want nothing but the best for you. And out of all that, you should want the best for yourself.

“I came out of a bad situation, and the Pathway of Hope gave me encouragement to move on from that – to start my own business and get my life back on track.”

Pathway of Hope is a national initiative to help families break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through strength-based case management, community collaboration and data-driven support. Now entering its fifth year in the Southern Territory, its growth is accelerating as more Salvation Army units sign on for training.

“We have 1,200 families engaged to date, and close to 230 units – corps, service centers and commands – have been trained,” said Ronald Skeete, territorial Pathway of Hope director. “Of the 202 families that successfully complete the program, we’re seeing average income growth for each of them of over $2,000 annually … plus a $4,000 increase in non-cash benefits, such as SNAP food assistance.” (Those numbers are up from 600 families served, 129 service units trained, and 63 successful completions at the beginning of 2018.)

Even clients that leave before completing the initiative, “as long as they stay with us three months, we see an 86 percent increase in stability,” Skeete said.

Pathway of Hope is being embraced by local and national funders. In fact, 2019 started with a National Expansion Plan, with Pathway being awarded over $10 million nationally to expand the work. These funds will be allocated across the four territories over the next three years to support the expansion and a formal, third-party evaluation. “This will allow us to a do a deep dive with data, clients and staff” to see how territorial practices might be improved, Skeete said.

As for its WHY, Pathway of Hope has a territorial goal of at least one-third of its families engaged in pastoral care. It’s currently at 22 percent, or 268 families. To increase spiritual engagement, Salvation Army mission specialists collaborate with local case managers at select sites to provide pastoral care and support to clients. In addition, divisions such as Florida and Texas are piloting new ways to improve pastoral care. Texas has developed new training, called “Soldiers Along the Pathway of Hope,” to help corps soldiers strategically support the initiative alongside social service staff.

Divisions also have benefited from the assignment of Pathway specialists to each of their offices – “a major game changer,” Skeete said. “We can train a unit, but that doesn’t mean they can implement (the program). That’s something we struggled with in the early years, but now we’re seeing a lot of improvement because of the divisional specialists.”

Today, two-thirds of trained units have successfully implemented Pathway of Hope. The specialists also helped THQ identify six “Best Practice” sites – three urban, three rural – as determined by successful completions, data reporting quality, pastoral care, families engaged and initiative fidelity.

The urban sites are Louisville, Kentucky; Sarasota, Florida; and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The rural sites, beside St. Marys, are Morgantown, West Virginia, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Based on the lessons they’ve learned, webinars will be created to inspire new Pathway of Hope units across the territory.

There’s also a data initiative. Good data is critical; without it, there’s no way to tell if Pathway is working. To increase the quality of data being returned from the field, THQ rolled out “ServicePoint” software that tracks clients using a sufficiency matrix of 19 measurements taken every three months, covering such vital areas as income, education, housing, food security and disability.

Families are rated from 1 to 5, with 1 being low capacity, 5 being high capacity. With “food,” for example, a score of “1” would mean no access to food and no idea where the next meal will come from; a “5” would mean access to food without need for a subsidy.

A total of 222 units are using ServicePoint for the Pathway of Hope initiative. Some are also using ServicePoint for other social services, including sheltering programs, and there’s a waiting list of divisions and units seeking training. The territory has conducted “Data Days” to encourage timely data entry, and started offering annual refresher courses in January. A total of 562 people are now qualified on ServicePoint, more than triple the number of 2016.

Pathway of Hope has a threefold purpose: Stabilize families, and help them set goals and develop new life habits. Which brings us back to Sharonda Mobley.

“It has been amazing working with her,” said case manager Elizabeth Rogg. “She’s been very self driven from the get-go. When she first came here (in the spring of 2018) and we did her goal-setting, she saw her immediate needs she needed to take care of – getting into housing, and getting her car fixed – but she looked beyond that and really stuck to her dreams.”

Once the family was settled in an apartment and their car was running again, Rogg said, “it was a matter of starting over for her – she had never been on her own before – so, learning how to navigate this thing called life.”

Mobley was working as a hotel housekeeper with a goal of something greater – starting her own cleaning company. She secured a business name, got a registered tax ID and grew her company’s client base to the point, she could leave her hotel job and be her own boss. As summer passed and business slowed, Mobley took a seasonal position as a store clerk at The Salvation Army Family Store in St. Marys.

This spring, business picked up, and Mobley was back to cleaning full-time. She is taking care of the houses of five customers and is looking into expanding her services, possibly by buying a power washer and carpet-cleaning machine.

Her children Jasmine, 9, and Andrew, 3, are settled in their new home; Jasmine went to Camp Grandview last summer and this winter won a “Terrific Kid” school award from the local Kiwanis Club. And Mobley is engaged. She and her fiancé attend the First Baptist Church of St. Marys.

Mobley has adopted as her motto a Carl Jung quote Rogg shared with her: “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

Without the people behind the Pathway of Hope, Mobley said, “I wouldn’t be in the state of mind I’m in right now – very calm, trying to get back on board with my kids’ lives. I just thank God for them being there and being supportive.”

This is what success in Pathway of Hope looks like.

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Salvation Army Responds To Ruston Tornado With Multiple Feeding Units

Ruston, LA (April 26, 2019) — The Salvation Army has deployed three mobile feeding units to Ruston after a tornado ripped through that community yesterday morning, resulting in a considerable amount of debris from damaged commercial buildings, residential homes, and downed powerlines and trees. The city is home to Louisiana Tech which has a student population of approximately 12,000. The school experienced damage to its field house and a significant amount of debris scattered around campus.

In the aftermath of the storm, debris removal teams are in force to help bring some normalcy back to the community. The three Salvation Army mobile feeding units from Alexandria, Monroe and Shreveport will also be out in force today to provide meals, snacks and hydration to affected residents and debris removal teams. Captain Jerome “Jerry” Casey of the Monroe Corps is serving as Incident Commander and has been on the scene with the Monroe unit since early yesterday. He stated, “We’re meeting a lot of grateful people and they’re glad that we’re here. Some of them don’t understand why this happened. So we’re doing some spiritual nourishing as well as physical.” said Captain Casey. “There’s a community that’s hit, there’s a school that’s hit, there’s businesses that’s hit. So, we’re serving a lot of people in different situations,” he said.

Yesterday, The Salvation Army provided 160 meals, 160 drinks, and 250 snacks to tornado survivors in Ruston. The Salvation Army’s service to the Ruston community continues today.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Source: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org 

Disaster Strikes Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

In the early morning hours of April 25, 2019, a tornado struck the city of Ruston, Louisiana leaving an extensive amount of debris from damaged buildings, fallen trees and downed power lines. With a population of approximately 22,000, the area is serviced by The Salvation Army Monroe Louisiana Corps. The city is also the home of Louisiana Tech which serves a student population of approximately 12,000.

In the wake of the storm, the Monroe Corps has deployed its mobile feeding unit to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the storm. Incident Commander, Captain Jerome “Jerry” Casey stated, “As we deploy the mobile feeding unit to meet immediate needs, we will also be working with the local emergency management officials to assess the needs of the community in the days to come.”

Two additional mobile feeding units and disaster relief personnel from Alexandria and Shreveport are on standby to support the Monroe Corps team, as needed. 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Source: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org 

The Salvation Army moves the obstacles for a woman in Maryland

The Salvation Army moves the obstacles for a woman in Maryland

Lisa Turner previously lived in Arkansas and moved back to Havre de Grace, Maryland, last August to be closer to her family and friends. She paid a moving company $3,000 to pack and ship her belongings to Havre de Grace.

After a month without word of her belongings, Lisa realized something had gone seriously awry. Against Lisa’s request, the moving company had taken her belongings to Texas.

In addition to the $3,000 she had already paid, the company allegedly told her to pay an additional $2,000 to obtain her possessions – her furniture, belongings of her two young grandsons who she has custody of and her electric wheelchair.

In desperate need of reclaiming her things, Lisa got connected with an attorney from the Maryland Crime Victim Resource Center. That attorney, in turn, had a connection with The Salvation Army’s Southern Territorial Headquarters.

THQ referred the case to Lieutenants Bo and Wendy Parsons, corps officers of Havre de Grace Corps.

After endless phone calls, emails and paperwork, Lieutenants Bo and Wendy had PODS portable moving and storage units dropped at the storage facility in Texas; arranged to have Lisa’s possessions moved into the PODS; and then had the PODS transported to Maryland.

On March 12, the PODS were delivered to The Salvation Army Havre de Grace Corps. Lieutenant Bo, along with four residents from The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore, emptied the PODS into a 26-foot U-Haul truck and personally moved Lisa’s belongings into her new home in Havre de Grace.

In a thank-you letter to Lieutenant Wendy, Lisa wrote: “As I shut down the house for bed, there on the floor by the front door was a small silver cross, & it made me think of you. I once again realized how blessed we were throughout this whole event.
An angel on earth truly saved us with an army of warriors by her side!

“Words can’t express how you have touched our lives. The boys have lost everything in their lives over & over before I got them. I was the one sustainable constant & I let them down. You made me a hero again. This undertaking was huge figuratively & financially! I just hope I can convey somehow that in meeting you I feel forever changed … true blessings & humanity do exist alongside the ugly we sometimes encounter but come with a greater force of goodness.

“Sincerely…thank you & The Salvation Army for making us whole once again.”

Source: southernspiritonline.org