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News briefs of the west

Karen Gleason,  Editor

The Lord your God is with you; the mighty One will save you. He will rejoice over you. You will rest in his love; he will sing and be joyful about you. (Zeph. 3:17, NCV)


More SALT, please

The White Mountain Outpost in Show Low, Ariz., received a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation for its SALT (Salvation Army Life Transitions) program, which shelters homeless families and provides life skills training and help finding employment and permanent housing. David and Tina Sherman are in charge of the outpost.

Team personnel will make an official presentation during a Diamondbacks’ baseball game on April 13.


Sitka’s homeless population

Recent statistics gathered during the Winter 2010 Homeless Count in Sitka, Alaska, startled Captain Tina Bottjen, who serves with her husband as corps officer in that community. As a result of this new information, Bottjen is working with the Easter Group to organize a Summit on Homelessness this fall to help educate and identify how to impact this growing issue in their community.

Sitka’s Easter Group is an ecumenical community of faith whose mission is to end poverty, empower people, and bring about a rebirth of hope.


Sacramento’s homeless come in from the cold

The Salvation Army received a $17,500 donation from the Building Industry Association (BIA). The funds helped fill 32 beds at the Army’s Center of Hope shelter—beds designated for homeless people coming off the American River Parkway. Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna spearheaded the search to find financial support for these shelter beds. Also involved is Volunteers of America; the group is handling the Winter Sanctuary for other homeless persons transitioning from the American River Parkway.


Inaugural resource fair a success

The San Francisco Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center joined forces with Railton Place—a transitional and permanent residence for the homeless—in December 2010 to hold its first Community Resource Fair offering information on health, education, housing and employment.

Vendors included Veteran Affairs, the Employment Development Department, The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light and Harbor House, and the University of California at San Francisco.

Many vendors e-mailed their thanks, adding that it was an excellent opportunity to form new relationship and collaborate with other organizations.

More than 300 visitors and over 30 vendors participated.


Appointment change

Effective March 1, Major Brian Saunders is appointed assistant training principal at the College for Officer Training at Crestmont.


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