Walter Wycoff Retires
After many years of service to the less-fortunate through The Salvation Army, Walter Wycoff has retired. He and his wife Betty were officers for 20 years, he worked at the Food Center for nine years and at the Shelter for five years. Walt plans to continue conducting the Sunday chapel services at the Shelter and perhaps volunteer at the Food Center after a while. Seeing lives changed was his greatest joy and “FANTASTIC” his favorite response.
Soroptimists Provide for Medical Clinic
Soroptimist International of Modesto recently gave a donation of $1,000 and Soroptimist North gave $750. These donations are to provide for the Women’s Health room of the Collaborative Medical Clinic at The Salvation Army Berberian Homeless Shelter and Transitional Living Center which they helped to build.
“Christmas In July” Coming
Bring a new toy to the Fair and help others! Pick some up at the store now and be ready to drop them off as you enter the Fair. Thursday, July 17, will be “Christmas in July” at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock. Those who bring a new toy for The Salvation Army will receive free ride tickets. It is hoped that this will get the toy drive off to an early start and help to supply the thousands of toys needed for the Christmas distribution to needy children of the local area. Last year, 3,055 children received 9,165 Christmas toys from the Modesto Citadel, plus a similar amount in Turlock, and others at The Salvation Army Red Shield in South Modesto. Children who otherwise would have a bleak Christmas were given a joyful
time with these gifts.
Captain Lisa Smith Farewelled
Captain Lisa Smith, who has been in charge of overseeing The Salvation Army Berberian Homeless Shelter and Transitional Living Center in Modesto, has been assigned to work at the Salvation Army in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will be the Assistant Social Services Director of Clark County and will serve under Major Kelly Pontsler. The Divisional Commander there is Colonel Joe Posillico. Captain Lisa was given her farewell at this Sunday’s service and a fellowship potluck afterwards, and has moved on to her new area. She served in Modesto for two years.
Captain Lisa Smith graduated from The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in 2002 and also has a degree in Addiction Counseling from another college. She has had several social service related appointments, worked in rehabilitation, and in the complex programs at the Kroc Center in San Francisco. Originally from Casa Grande, Arizona, she has been assigned to corps in Boulder, Colorado; Englewood, Colorado; Ogden, Utah; and San Francisco. She says God has given her a clear calling in her life to serve others.