From around the territory and beyond…
Santa Barbara, Calif.—The Salvation Army’s Santa Barbara Corps is taking their food bank program to a new level as they kick off a two-phase drive-through pantry.
Phase 1 sets aside a day for donors to drive through the parking lot and drop their groceries off without leaving their cars. Phase 2 is distribution day when clients choose to walk up or drive through to pick up their food items.
“We’re hoping the added convenience of not getting out of your car will help bring in more donations,” Corps Officer Captain Phil Smith said.
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada—Food banks work hard to pack nutritious groceries in their boxes; however, not everyone knows how to cook food properly to provide a healthy meal.
Capt. B. J. Loder, former corps officer in Portage la Prairie, recruited a local certified dietician to hold cooking classes offering basic skills information on how to get the most nourishment from the food they receive.
“This is the missing link that we have gone without for quite a while,” Loder said. “We are really excited about this.”
Brisbane, Australia—Godspeed Car Club—headquartered in Brisbane—is the brainchild of Joshua Booth (no relation to the Founder), who loves everything about cars. Conceived from his desire for a Christian group of car enthusiasts, the club is in its fourth year with a solid core of 35 regular attendees.
“We aim to have a club that creates an environment where people feel safe and accepted,” Booth said. “It’s not always about the cars; it’s about relationships and supporting each other.”
And it’s about God. One project is a drag car used to advertise “She Rescue Homes,” a program that supports young Cambodian girls at risk of, or who were rescued from, trafficking.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to help make a positive change in people’s lives,” Booth said.
For more details go to www.godspeedcc.com.au.
San Diego, Calif.—The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in San Diego is reaping the benefits of having its own website, Captain Lisa Van Cleef said. No longer holding a midweek service, the center relies on its site to keep the community up to date on all activities.
“In one week alone we get over 125 visits,” Van Cleef said. “The website is the place people come to find out what’s going on, to hear last week’s sermon, to check out events. We live in a society where most people don’t go someplace new without first checking it out online, whether for directions, schedules, or just to see who we are.”
Their website is the first contact point for many people in their community, especially visitors. New guests can check out the facilities and services before they come, allowing them a sense of familiarity they wouldn’t have otherwise.