Front lines: News briefs of the West
Karen Gleason, Editor
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15, NIV).
COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO—The Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a winner in Recreation Management’s Best of the Best category for innovative architecture and design (visit tiny.cc/pvch2). Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designed the 123,000 sq. ft. facility, which opened in March 2009.
The center serves an area of northern Idaho with a population of around 44,000—more than 20,000 members signed up in its first year.
Majors John and Lani Chamness are center administrators.
TURLOCK, CALIF.—The Turlock Corps recently held a Community Awareness Day to educate the public about available resources. Participants received a card to have signed at 16 non-profit agency booths and four business booths. Those receiving signatures at every booth got a free bag of groceries.
Major Debi Shrum is corps officer.
MEDFORD, ORE.—Reporting to her volunteer job at the Medford Citadel Corps’ after-school program, Jennifer Wolf didn’t come empty-handed—she showed up with 52 new basketballs and volleyballs that she earned in a fundraiser. Corps Officer Captain Martin Cooper told her that the Marshall Islands needed sports equipment, so she decided to send the equipment to The Salvation Army there.
“I’m so thankful that God chose me,” said Wolf.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—After four months of renovations by volunteers from Leadership Pikes Peak, the Red Shield Community Center unveiled its new look.
The center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21 followed by a drop-in open house.
Noelle Dunnan is the Red Shield director.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—The Salvation Army surprised Bill and Connie Chambers, owners of Color Art Printing, with the 2011 Partner in Mission Award. The couple has supported the Army for more than 35 years.
Attending the presentation at the print shop were Majors Doug and Sheryl Tollerud, Captains Daniel and Doreen Freeman, Jane Hafling (Connie’s mother) and representatives from divisional headquarters and the advisory board.
“There is no way to thank all of you for being so wonderful. I am truly overwhelmed,” said Connie Chambers.
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.—After years of preparation, the newly expanded Salvation Army thrift store re-opened with 3,000 sq. ft. The expansion is the property’s first major renovation since it became a thrift store in the mid-80s.
The facility sports new landscaping, paint and detail work, along with new sidewalks and parking lot, making it, according to Corps Officer Lieutenant Mike O’Brien, “the nicest property in the area.”
BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Meaghan Fenton, daughter of Captains Tom and Laura Fenton, Broomfield corps officers, received a 3rd place award in the 2010 Rocky Mountain PBS Kids StoryMakers contest. She just completed 7th grade at Mandaly Middle School in Westminster.
Fenton’s composition is a day in the life of a Marine serving during wartime.