Front Lines – News briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann Warner – 

FEMA award to Northwest

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. Philippians 4:4-7 (The Message)

San Jose ARC hosts neighbors

The San Jose, Calif., ARC has had a challenging relationship with its neighbors, reports Ken Kelly, chair of the PR committee. Complaints concerned the comings and goings of the SA trucks, and litter generated by thrift store customers. Last year, a Good Neighbor program was started to find solutions. Advisory Council member Earl Thompson spearheaded the program and recruited neighbors to help. Then, an open house was held at the ARC and about 50 community members came.

by Sue Schumann WarnerCapt. Stephen Sutter presented a short program on the ARC’s role in the community, and tours of the facility were given. “Results were extremely positive,” said Sutter, who plans to slowly turn the Good Neighbor program over to those who showed an interest in “joining the Army” at the open house. “Not one person at the event showed displeasure with the Army,” said Thompson. “Rather, they were enthusiastic about working with us to make a stronger friendship.”

FEMA award to Northwest

Captain Charles Fowler, Olympia, Wash., corps officer, accepts an award from Federal Emergency Management Agency on behalf of Lt. Col. Harold Brodin, Northwest divisional commander, for the Army’s response to the November floods in Washington. With Fowler are the federal and state coordinating officers of FEMA.

Attendance jumps in Richland

Corps Officers Captains Raymond and Jennifer Erickson-King, Richland, Wash., report that more children have been attending Sunday programs due to the Youth Drop-In Center at the Richland (Mid-Columbia Tri-Cities) Corps. Attendance has jumped to over 20. “The goal of the Youth Drop-In Center is to feed our corps youth outreach programs, such as Sunday school and youth character building programs,” said Erickson-King.

Sloan slated for MBA

This spring, Captain Barbara Sloan will receive her MBA degree (with honors) from Capella University with principal focus in Leadership and Finance. Previously, she received an undergraduate degree in Social Science, and a second Bachelors in Bible/Theology. Captain Sloan serves with her husband Jim as Glendale, Calif., corps officers. “Officers of the Southern California Division are pleased to recognize Captain Sloan on this disciplined achievement,” said Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Paul E. Bollwahn.

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