Frontlines/ News briefs of the West
By Karen Gleason
Your words all add up to the sum total: Truth. Your righteous decisions are eternal (Ps. 119:160 MSG).
CASA GRANDE, ARIZ.—The Casa Grande Corps held a Court of Honor and awards service March 27 for Salvation Army troops and the after-school program. Eighteen children participated—the highest number ever. Destiny Guerra received her Commissioner’s Sunbeam Award; the first in the history of the corps.
Captains William and Elizabeth Welch are the Casa Grande corps officers.
SAN PEDRO, CALIF.—Twenty-two youth and adults from the San Pedro Temple Corps participated in the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House Charities 5K walk on April 1, raising funds for the newly constructed facility in Long Beach, Calif., which provides housing for family members of children undergoing cancer treatments. Corps member Stephanie Villanea, who survived childhood leukemia, organized the group and set a fundraising goal of $1,000, which the team—“Saved to Serve”—exceeded, raising $1,830.
BELLINGHAM, WASH.—Eleven people served by The Salvation Army’s “I’ll Fight” street ministry recently attended corps’ meetings. Twice a month, corps members go out on the streets and hand out food, water, socks, hats and soap.
“We are overwhelmed with the struggles, needs and suffering of the homeless and shelter poor, from the frail, thinly clad 70-year-old woman to a 4-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister,” said Terry, a team member. “Both children were in Sunday school today.”
Captains James and Beverley Lloyd are corps officers in Bellingham.
PETALUMA, CALIF.—Petaluma Corps Officers Captains Scott and Barbara Schneider entered a drawing during The Salvation Army’s recent National Social Services and Disaster Management Conference in Glendale, Ariz., for a 6’ by 12’ support trailer, and won. Complete with coffee maker, microwave, handwashing sink, propane tanks, four steam tables, juice maker, stainless steel counters and a heated cabinet, the trailer is valued at $13,000, and will assist in the community’s mobile feeding and emergency disaster services.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—The Anchorage Assembly recognized the Anchorage Corps Community Center for its support of the Prudential Youth Leadership Institute, which offers young people a weeklong intensive leadership training during spring break. This is the third year The Salvation Army has hosted the event; Lts. Ryan and Marjorie Miller are corps officers.
The Salvation Army also participated March 29 in Governor Sean Parnell’s “Choose Respect” march, held in 123 communities around the state to bring awareness to the significant rates of violence and abuse that plague Alaska.
SAN FRANCISCO—Correction: In New Frontier’s March 23 issue ( Vol. 30, no. 5), Frontlines reported that Railton Place residents had participated in street outreach in the Tenderloin, where the facility is located. Currently, that outreach is in the planning phase, but Captain Lisa A. Smith, program administrator, hopes to soon begin this ministry.
Railton Place residents did participate in San Francisco Harbor Light’s street outreach, in anticipation of beginning their own program in the Tenderloin.