After 89 years of combined service, my wife, Kay, and I are retiring from The Salvation Army and moving to my hometown of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. As I reflect on the past three years in the Queen City, I wish to say one final time, thank you so much for all the ways in which you have met the needs of our neighbors.
From raising $1.4 million to add 64 beds to the Center of Hope emergency shelter to providing funding and mentors for the 1,510 children in our 8 Boys & Girls Clubs to providing gifts to more than 11,200 children at Christmas, you have proven that your heart is huge. You recognize needs, then put your heart and hands to work in developing lasting solutions—ones that offer dignity to each and every recipient.
Furthermore, you took action when you saw a rising number of veterans sleeping on our streets. Through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Charlotte Bridge Home, Home Depot Foundation, Wells Fargo, and countless volunteers, we were able to dedicate a wing of the Center of Hope into a beautiful space in which veterans and their families can regroup and rebuild their lives.
My wife and I are proud to have served alongside you. I am confident you will continue to give of yourselves when the new Officers—Majors Larry and Debra Broome—arrive in mid-July. And, we’ll be right along with you to celebrate the successes to come.
Warmly and with gratitude,
Major Bobby Lancaster
Charlotte Area Commander of The Salvation Army