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New Salvation Army corps officer enjoys building relationships

2013-09-25T00:00:00Z New Salvation Army corps officer enjoys building relationshipsBy Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
September 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

As a Salvation Army employee, Betsy Clark knows that beginning a simple conversation with a stranger can often reveal much about their needs.

Clark, 26, previously served as Development and Volunteer director for The Salvation Army in Kalamazoo, Mich., managing 1,300 volunteers and their fundraising and public relations efforts.

She was hired in June as a corps officer for the Hammond-Munster Corps of The Salvation Army, and currently oversees all operations, including social service programs, community outreach, Christian education and church services.

“The best part of my job is building relationships with people – whether it is speaking to a client in the lobby, to a volunteer in the food pantry, to a church member on Sunday, or to a donor in the community,” the Highland resident said.

“Our purpose is to provide help for families and individuals in crisis – emotionally, physically, or spiritually.”

A Michigan State University alumna, Clark graduated this year from The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Chicago.

“Being a Salvation Army officer is a calling that God placed on my life. I had always been active in my church (The Salvation Army) and I knew that first and foremost, I wanted to serve God in all areas of my life,” she said.

“The Salvation Army cannot do its work without the support of its community partners and donors. My hope is to let them know what we are doing, so they will continue to help us do what we do best – serve suffering humanity.”

“Together, we can work to make real lasting change in the lives of our clients,” she added.

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