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by Captain Robert L. Rudd – 

The Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center is a project being made possible in San Diego by a generous pledge from Joan Kroc for $80 million. Planning for the center has begun. Well over 700 people from communities to be served by the center have attended 21 meetings sounding out their hopes for it.

A strong advisory council has been formed made up of community leaders from San Diego, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove. A youth committee has been formed as well, chaired by the student body president of a nearby high school. There have been visits to 46 sites with similar programs. Recommendations will be made to THQ soon as to what facilities and programs will be included. Luke 12:48 states, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.” This has been framed and placed on the wall at the project office, according to Arthur Stillwell, project director.

A veteran Salvation Army officer shared honors with a local businesswoman at the recent Women of Distinction dinner sponsored by Soroptimist Interna-tional of Anchorage. Major Katrina Grundahl, director of Salvation Army Family Emergency Services and the McKinnell Family Shelter, received the Women Helping Women award. Good recognition for jobs well done!

At the El Sobrante Silvercrest, 26 people recently participated in a “Senior Health School” coordinated by Captain Wildonna Rich. Each Tuesday, seniors from the Silvercrest and the surrounding community joined together to learn about health issues relevant to the elderly. During the last class of the season, Major Carol Pontsler taught a session on sleep disorders. Pontsler was the special guest for the graduation luncheon, where each student was presented with a diploma for completion of the course. “The seniors were so responsive, and the feedback I have received has been positive,” said Rich. “I hope to hold another season of classes soon.”

It was mentioned in April that Lyle Richardson held a fund raising concert for the HIV babies in St. Petersburg, Russia. Major Isa McDougald, territorial director for overseas personnel, tells me that as a result of that celebration, $2,174 has been raised thus far, with more to come. This is really good news!

Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Docter, who was honored recently with both the President’s distinguished professor award and the students’ outstanding teacher’s award at California Lutheran Univer-sity where she serves as department chair of the Communications and Media Department. Her sister, Dr. Mary Docter, had received the same awards from Westmont College last year. Both soldier at the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps.

A marvelous array of antiques, china, crystal, jewelry, collectibles and designer label clothing was snapped up during the grand opening of the new Salvation Army Boutique in the downtown San Diego main store. Responding to bargain-hunting, smart shoppers, Major Douglas Williams, ARC administra-tor, is taking it a step higher with boutiques in three of the 12 thrift stores in San Diego County.

Congratulations to these hardworking officers who have just received the following degrees: Captain Mario Reyes, Bachelor of Science in Business Admin-istration from the University of Phoenix; and Major Tedd Lowcock, M.A. in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Church Development from the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University.

Call The Salvation Army toll free prayer line (877) 347-PRAY to hear the latest prayer needs in the territory. Call the same number for a praise report or a prayer request.



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