October Corps News
Around the territory, corps and special teams are engaged in innovative and effective best practices. From annual “Christmas in July” events to sudden rescue operations to soldier enrollments to computer acquisitions, the Salvation Army is ministering to the specific and common needs of people. Take a look at these stories, starting in Springfield, Ohio.
Michael W. Smith rocks SA concert
Springfield, OH—Nearly 900 people heard popular Christian singer Michael W. Smith headline the town’s 9th annual Salvation Army–sponsored concert.
Christian artist Nathan Tasker joined Smith at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.
Chris Grindrod, resource development manager for the corps, said 860 people attended, including Majors Janet and Larry Ashcraft, SWONEKY divisional leaders. Also attending were Majors Barbara J. and Thomas W. Duperree, administrators of The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps and Community Center in Dayton.
Captain Justin Caldwell and Lieutenant Evelyn Caldwell, corps officers in Springfield, and son Jordan hosted a special preconcert meet–and–greet with Smith.
All proceeds from the concert went to the corps, which was the focus of a 5–minute video shown before the concert.
EDS supports search for boy
East Stroudsburg, PA—The East Stroudsburg Emergency Disaster Services team (EDS) played a role in helping find a 7–year–old autistic boy.
The EDS team was dispatched at 9:30 p.m. on April 18 to help rescuers who were looking for Justice Soto in Chestnuthill Township, Pa.
Throughout the night volunteers served hot beef stew, coffee, water, and Gatorade™ to about 125 search–and–rescue workers.
“In the morning, we passed out 100 sausage sandwiches, donated by McDonald’s™,” says Cari Friend, executive secretary of the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army. “Our dedicated EDS crew stayed until the boy was found, almost 14 hours later.”
When Justice was found, workers wrapped him in a Salvation Army blanket (see photo).
Kittanning, PA—For the second summer in a row, The Salvation Army has been involved in family summer reading programs and celebrations at three local libraries and at a school.
The corps in Kittanning has a Mission Literacy Team, said Lieutenant Amber Joy Imhoff, pastor of the Kittanning Worship & Service Center.
“This has allowed us to reach different families than we normally would,” Imhoff says. “We have been able to share the Gospel and love to many new families this summer and we’ve seen some of our people really step up into leadership roles.”
The locations visited in June and July included Ford City Library, Worthington West Franklin Library, Kittanning Library, and Lenape School.
Enrolling 17 soldiers
Glens Falls, NY— In July, the corps welcomed 17 new junior soldiers.
Major David Dean, corps officer, said that on July 12, 15 soldiers were enrolled and Inahra and Eliana Mack performed a dance.
“All children enrolled that day had parents and families in attendance. The worship welcomed them into the worldwide Salvation Army family. And afterwards, they enjoyed a family fellowship,” Dean says.
Two other soldiers were enrolled on July 19. All 17 junior soldiers received a children’s Bible. The Deans reminded them that they are the first soldiers to be enrolled in the new corps building.
“Nine families were represented by the new enrollees and nine of the children have begun attending within the last year,” Dean says. “Fourteen of the children have parents who attend weekly.
The soldiers included Makalo Atkinson, Jeremy Atkinson, Bryce Atkinson, Nisiah Maldonado, Zoey Hammond, Lexie Hammond, Mark Hammond, Noel Deming, Autumn Deming, Olivia Hoffman, Owen Duket, Noah Duket, Ella Duket, Amelia Campbell, Delilah Campbell, Inahra Mack, and Eliana Mack.
Computers for the shelter
Allentown, PA—The Rich Fleming Family Hope Center has always provided shelter for women and children in need, but a lack of computers meant a trip to the local library for resume development and job searches. The children’s homework had to be done in the dining room.
However, thanks to a $25,000 contribution from the Harry C. Trexler Trust, the shelter will soon have six new computers.
“We’re very excited,” says Michael Kukitz, resource development manager. “The women and children can do everything they need right here and we can help them.”
Kukitz said the shelter served 272 women (including 147 children) in the last year, a slight increase over the 257 people helped the year before. The shelter served 9,837 meals in the last year.