front lines_News briefs of the West
Karen Gleason, Editor
FARMINGTON, N.M.—Corps Officers Lts. Bill and Cathy Simon are working to build relationships between The Salvation Army and the community.
Recently Bill Simon was invited to meet with both the Navajo Nation and the Lakota Nation president. Through this, these two nations have expressed willingness to work with and support The Salvation Army.
DENVER—Reigning world champion boxer, “Mile High” Mike Alvarado, and his promoter Top Rank®, donated $1 from every ticket sold to his Oct. 19 match to The Salvation Army’s Colorado flood relief fund.
“I am only too happy to support the people of my state in their time of need,” Alvarado said.
Divisional Commander Lt. Dan Starrett expressed gratitude. “This support allows The Salvation Army to continue ‘doing the most good’ for those impacted as they begin to rebuild their homes and their lives.”
The Army plans to continue its relief over the next 3-5 years.
PHOENIX—Children and parents at Phoenix Central Corps participated in the corps’ first “Stand Firm Against Bullying” rally, which tied in with the adult Sunday school theme: “No al acoso!” (no to bullying). Attendees examined biblical bullies and learned what to do when children are victims of bullying.
Majors Gil and Elvia Roman are corps officers.
SEATTLE—One afternoon a man entered the White Center, explaining that his brother had just died in Haiti but he couldn’t afford the travel expense to attend the funeral, which was soon. He asked for the Army’s help.
Corps Officers Major Raymond and Captain Jennifer Erickson-King worked through divisional, territorial and national headquarters for approval. A flight was arranged that got the man to Port-Au-Prince.
The Erickson-Kings acknowledge the hand of God in bringing this about, as well as Army personnel who went the extra mile.
PASADENA, CALIF.—The Pasadena Tabernacle Corps and its partners hosted the annual “Homeless Connect Day” Oct. 15, providing direct services to about 400 individuals—more than half of Pasadena’s homeless population.
Approximately 80 social service providers collectively delivered around 3,000 services in just four hours, including medical, dental and vision screenings; housing placements/referrals, haircuts, pet therapy, and a meal.
Partners include Pacific Clinics’ Passageways and Union Station Homeless Services.
Majors Darren and Mary Norton are corps officers.
AURORA, COLO.—Residents of Heather Gardens active senior housing complex were ready the day The Salvation Army Denver Adult Rehabilitation Center truck came to pick up donations; they were bringing out items before the truck arrived.
The driver and helper, assisted by Lt. Colonel Paul Bollwahn and Captain Ron McKinney, collected enough shoes, clothing and small appliances to fill three-fourths of the truck.
Many donors testified that giving to help others just made them feel good.