FrontLines – News briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann Warner –

At the beginning God expressed himself. That personal expression, that word, was with God, and was God, and he existed with God from the beginning. All creation took place through him, and none took place without him. John 1: 1-4 (Phillips)

Scholarships announced
Congratulations to the following recipients of the Western Territory Salvationist Student Scholarship: Debbie Ancheta (Alaska Division), Ashley Brackenbury (THQ), Hannah Danielson (Southwest Division), Esther Kim (Southern California), and Daniel Martinez (Southern California). For scholarship information, contact Dianne Meads at the Territorial Education Department:

Portland opens HOMES
Homeless men in Portland, Ore., have a safe place to go from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Harbor Light Open Men’s Emergency Shelter, or HOMES. The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center opened the shelter in partnership with Portland Business Alliance and the City of Portland Bureau of Community housing and Development. Major James Sloan, Portland Metro Coordinator, notes that the model follows their successful SAFE Shelter program and is similar to the Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter, SAFES.

Monterey thanks heaven for 7-11
Two local 7-11 stores on the Monterey Peninsula, Calif., teamed up to donate “Change for Change” to The Salvation Army. Their goal was for customers to donate loose change and cash in hopes of bringing about change to the lives of local families in need; they collected a two 5-gallon buckets of change and cash totaling $1,803. “The fundraiser was a blessing as we’ve been praying for funds to help hurting families,” said Corps Officers Majors David and Gaylene Yardly. “We thank 7-11 for their vision that even giving a little is enough to make big change in people’s lives.”

Self-defense in Tucson
At-risk women from The Salvation Army’s Hospitality House in Tucson, Ariz., took part in a self-defense class led by instructor Tom Elias at his Kung Fu studio, reports Tucson Special Services Director Major Estelle Clack. The workshop, hosted by the Army, was aimed at helping women living in poverty—or who are homeless—develop self-protection skills. Elias provided the instruction at no cost.

Check out Crestmont library
More than 1,000 periodicals and journal holdings (many offering full-text downloads) are available on-line on two religious databases: the ATLA (American Theological Library Association) religion database and the Religion and Philosophy database, through Crestmont’s Elftman Memorial Library at the College for Officer Training. “To access the databases, go to the library’s website: and enter the user I.D. (crestmont) and the password (library)—both are lower case,” explains Misty Jesse, director of library services.

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