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Salvation Army Marquette County, Escanaba to collaborate; Winters named UP Regional Coordinator

Captains Doug and Kim Winters will be moving to Delta County to lead operations in Escanaba after serving the last five years in Marquette.
FILE. Captain Doug Winters giving a speech to kick off the 2020 Red Kettle Campaign.
FILE. Captain Doug Winters giving a speech to kick off the 2020 Red Kettle Campaign.(WLUC)
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 9:58 AM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Salvation Army is changing the operational model in the Central Upper Peninsula.

Auxiliary Captain Marie Lewis is appointed as the new Corps Officer in Marquette County, responsible for all operations in Marquette and Ishpeming, effective June 30, 2021.

Captains Doug and Kim Winters will be moving to Delta County to lead operations in Escanaba after serving the last five years in Marquette.

Although the Winters will be stationed in Delta County, Captain Doug has been appointed to a newly created role of Regional Coordinator over the Upper Peninsula, including the Marquette County and Escanaba Corps. This new position allows the Salvation Army to leverage staffing and resources to better serve the entire Central Upper Peninsula area.

Captain Lewis is moving to Marquette in late June and comes from Kenosha, Wis. Captain Lewis grew up in southeast Wisconsin and has two adult daughters living in Wisconsin. She started her Salvation Army journey as a volunteer in 2014 and felt the call to serve in ministry in 2016. She was first appointed as Corps Administrator in Kenosha, and became an Auxiliary Captain in 2018. After seven years in Kenosha, her leadership will now continue the efforts in Marquette County.

In 2017, the operations in Ishpeming and Marquette were merged into one operational unit of Marquette County. This move enabled better coordination between these two previously distinct units, and the services in both locations were standardized to ensure that all residents received equal levels of service, regardless of location. The net result was that all clients received increased support from both locations.

The regional coordination in the U.P will not be a direct merger, but the same types of coordination and better, more uniform services are expected with this organizational change.

“It is hard to leave the place we have called home for the last five years” stated Capt. Winters. “We have been able to see progress in our community over that short time, and we are grateful that we will be able to still be involved with this new position of Regional Coordinator.”

The Winters have repeatedly stated that they are humbled at the level of support that the community gives to The Salvation Army, and the trust that the community has in this organization.

Commenting on the new organization, Winters stated, “The new concept of regional coordination will allow even better leverage of the resources that we are given in the U.P., so that we ensure the maximum support to given to our clients in greatest need.”

The Salvation Army continues to work with some of the most vulnerable people in our community, many who are fighting the battles of nutrition insufficiency or to stay in safe housing.

“Many of our clients have to make weekly choices between buying food or paying rent, between purchasing medicine or paying utilities” said Winters. “We need to make sure we are using each donation as effectively as possible and approaching these issues regionally will allow us to do that.”

About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index. The Salvation Army has operated continuously serving the people of Marquette County since 1889. Locally, The Salvation Army operates two food pantries, lunch feeding programs, kids programming in Marquette and Ishpeming, on-going casework for families in need, and Emergency Disaster Services. Seasonal programs include Backpack and School Supplies distribution, Christmas Toy Shop, and Christmas Baskets in Marquette and Alger Counties. If anyone needs services, they are asked to contact 906-226-2241 for assistance. Donations can be made on-line at www.SAmarquette.org.

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