By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – As the recession continues to put strain on its outreach programs, Tupelo’s Salvation Army has added a new officer to help deal with its workload.
Lt. Jervonne Hinton has joined the staff to assist with pastoral duties and lend a hand at the Carnation Street office.
Hinton, who has an 11-year-old son, comes to Tupelo fresh from the Army’s training college in Atlanta, where she was ordained and commissioned on June 5.
A Greenville native, Hinton was introduced to the Army in her hometown as part of a women’s ministry in 1998. She entered the training college as a cadet in 2009.
“I’m excited to be back,” said Hinton, who spent eight weeks training in Tupelo last summer under the direction of Maj. Sue Dorman.
According to Dorman, the Army usually employs a husband and wife team at an office like the one in Tupelo. One spouse handles the administrative duties while the other takes care of pastoral matters.
Dorman, who is single, has been the only officer in Tupelo for five years, and she’s glad to have the help.
“The lieutenant will be preaching as much as I will,” said Dorman, adding that Hinton also will work in character-building programs with youth and in leadership training.
Hinton’s presence will allow Dorman to focus more on administrative matters, like generating more revenue.
Even after its largest annual fundraiser in March, the Empty Bowls Luncheon, the Army is still down more than $42,000 in donations for the fiscal year.
Last year, the organization indefinitely suspended its after-school tutoring program because of lack of funds, and earlier this year it put its 15,000-square-foot recreation building on Douglas Street up for sale.
Despite its financial woes, the Army continues to serve. To date, the organization has served 15,548 hot meals to residents in tornado-ravaged Smithville, and has logged more than 12,000 volunteer hours helping since the disaster.
As the new junior officer under Dorman, Hinton will work alongside six other full-time employees.
“God worked it out so I could come back,” Hinton said. “I believe God is going to do great things here in Tupelo.”
Contact Galen Holley at (662) 678-1510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.