The Salvation Army Welcomes New Leaders In Wenatchee, WA
The Salvation Army Northwest Division announces the appointment of Majors Francisco and Irma Flores to its location in Wenatchee, WA. As Latino Ministry Outreach Officers, they will be serving alongside Majors Frank and Beth Desplancke, who have represented The Salvation Army for several years in the community.
For the past eight years, Majors Flores have led The Salvation Army Spanish-speaking ministry in Yakima, WA. In 2000, they graduated from The Salvation Army Officer Training College in Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA. Prior to their assignment in Yakima they have served in Los Angeles and Monterey, CA, and in Central America in El Salvador and Guatemala. They have three children: Francisco Jr. (age 27), Karolina (age 17), and Alexandro (age 16).
As Salvation Army officers, the Majors expect to be reassigned throughout their careers. The commitment of being an officer includes moving your family frequently, and accepting reassignments based on career development and filling the needs of The Salvation Army locations. The assignment in Wenatchee is an acknowledgement of their ability to manage a congregation and community outreach.
They began work in Wenatchee on June 29. “We are very happy to be in Wenatchee,” said Major Irma Flores. “We look forward to learning about the community and meeting more people.”
Established in 1908, The Salvation Army in Wenatchee provides social services to families in need. Among the programs offered are meal program, rent and utility assistance, emergency disaster services, and a thrift store. Holiday programs include holiday meals, food baskets, and toy donations. Last year, The Salvation Army in Wenatchee served more than 8,500 individuals in the community.