Frontlines — News Briefs of the West


by Captain Robert L. Rudd – 

Can you hear it? It’s a bit faint at times here at the Polished Palace of Promise and Potential, but I can hear it. It is a deafening sound, one that will not be ignored nor silenced. It’s the cacophonous cries and groanings of our suffering, hurting and broken world. This edition of Frontlines focuses on some who are actively involved silencing the sounds of pain and suffering. Be encouraged by their stories and ask God to equip and enable you to go and do likewise.


Lt. Colonel Olin O. Hogan, Southwest divisional commander, recently accepted the Mayor’s Partnership Award in Mentoring from the Phoenix Youth and Education Commission. This was in appreciation for its collaboration with the A.S.U. Service Learning program, A.S.U. America Reads, and John F. Kennedy and C. O. Greenfield Schools. Together with these organizations, The Salvation Army provides tutoring to over 100 children a day.

Created in 1991, the Mayor’s Partnership Award pays tribute to businesses and other organizations committed to improving the quality of life for the youth of the city.

Also in attendance at the Awards Luncheon were Advisory Board member Dr. Gay Brack and Public Relations Director Sandi Gabel. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful partners,” said Hogan. “This program has been made possible because of a shared commitment to keeping kids in school and off the streets.”


The emergency preparedness organizations of the Portland-Vancouver area are teaching young people how to keep emergencies from turning into widespread disasters. Classes are taught by Kate Griffith, Cascade Division’s emergency disaster coordinator, and Jerry Heffel, a hydrometeorlogical technician for the National Weather Service. This class is one in a series that will qualify you for a Master of Disasters certificate from The Salvation Army. Classes are sponsored by the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology.


At the Los Angeles Day Care Center, its new Computer Learning Center was dedicated recently. Located in the downtown area, the Center’s capacity is 150 pre-school children and 100 of school age. All children in the program will have access to computers to help them learn and prepare them for later schooling and employment. The Center will be open for two scheduled classes each weekday afternoon, with students alternating between computers and individual study.


The Pacific Islands summer service corps is getting quite a member, runner Rachel Ross. A freshman at Seattle Pacific University, Rachel led SPU to seventh place at nationals last fall as she placed 22nd, garnering All-American honors. Recently, in spite of an injury, she won her heat and division at the Stanford Invitational track meet. She has provisional qualification to run at nationals in Emporia, Kan. in May. Congratulations!


Major Beth Saunders, Veterans Administration volunteer services coordinator at THQ, has noticed that Salvation Army volunteer hours are down in 19 of the VA medical centers we serve in the Western Territory. Apparently, fewer people are working harder. How can you help? If you are within driving distance of a VA institution, be sure your people know of scheduled volunteer opportunities at the VA such as coffee cart, magazine distribution, etc. The value of time already given is in the millions of dollars. To all of those who have given of themselves in service to veterans, a great big “Thank You!

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