The Salvation Army Welcomes New Leadership in Grays Harbor, WA

Jul 20, 2017 | by NW Division

The Salvation Army Northwest Division announces the appointment of Lieutenants Claire O’Brien-Hawk and Lincoln Hawk to its location in Grays Harbor, WA. They replace Majors Ralph and Dianne Jiminez, who were appointed to The Salvation Army in Wenatchee.

Lts. Claire and Lincoln hail from Southern California, where they were involved in Salvation Army ministries prior to getting married and entering the College for Officer Training in the summer of 2015. Lt. Lincoln spent 14 years as Youth Director for The Salvation Army in Long Beach, CA, and later as director of the 217 Initiative, a young adult residential discipleship program. In the years prior to entering the Training College, Lt. Claire worked in the Salvation Army's Territorial Program Department, where she helped with event planning and in the management of the Western Territory's Oversees Child Sponsorship program. She holds her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and has earned a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

As Salvation Army officers, the Lts. 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 Grays Harbor is an acknowledgement of their ability to manage social services programs and outreach to the community.

They began work in Grays Harbor on June 28. “We are so pleased for the opportunity to serve in the community of Grays Harbor,” Lt. Claire said. “We love Jesus, we love people, and we want the Salvation Army in Grays Harbor to be a place where people feel safe, know the love of God, and experience the transforming power of a relationship with Him. We're very excited to roll up our sleeves and get to work!"

Established in 1897, The Salvation Army in Grays Harbor provides social services to families in need. Among the programs offered are worship services, emergency utility assistance, eviction prevention, food and nutrition programs, and disaster services. Last year, The Salvation Army in Grays Harbor served more than 12,300 individuals in the community.

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