Captains take over at Center of Hope: The new corps officers for the Jefferson City Salvation Army agree they couldn’t be coming at a more challenging time for the organization.
Or more blessed.
Capts. Sarah and Justin Windell arrived during the latter part of June, as the community continued its recovery from ongoing flooding and the May 22 tornado that ripped through about 3 miles of the city.
The very first event Justin attended was the 2019 United Way of Central Missouri fundraising kickoff breakfast, where administrators of many of the area’s nonprofits and most generous agencies and businesses had gathered to plan for the United Way’s annual campaign. There, he met nearly 100 of the area’s leaders who are deeply involved in keeping Jefferson City and its residents on their feet.
“One of the things I’ve already noticed is how the agencies work together,” Justin said. “Last week, I went to a recovery meeting. We sat and discussed what we’re doing to be able to help everybody. In some communities, there’s not that much cooperation.”
It feels, he said, as if the cooperative nature was there before the disasters, but has been strengthened by them.
“It was also great to have people in one place to meet them at the same time,” he said.
The couple’s fourth assignment will be their first outside of Indiana. They have three children, ages 11, 9 and 6. They most recently served in La Porte, Indiana, near the southern tip of Lake Michigan.
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