Saying Goodbye to Two Extraordinary People

It's more like saying so long. For now.

That is what is happening here at The Salvation Army of Wake County as Director of Social Ministries Christine Shaw and Family Store Manager Harold Clyburn are moving on.

Christine is moving onto a position with North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission.

On October 14, 1999, Christine started as a Crisis and Shelter Case Worker.

After going back to school to receive her Masters in Social Work, Christine was promoted to Director of Social Ministries in 2003. Over the next 10 years, Christine would grow the Social Ministries Department from a staff of five to a department of 24, spanning across the state of North Carolina, and it’s because of this growth that the number of lives touched by The Salvation Army has increased exponentially.

It is thanks to Christine that a spotlight was shone on the developmental needs of children experiencing homelessness, and thus Project CATCH was born. Now, with the hard work of the Project CATCH team, those children’s needs no longer fall through the cracks.

In 2011, after years of planning and hard work, The Salvation Army’s Project FIGHT was realized. This department began as a small team of two case managers, tasked with providing services for foreign born trafficking survivors, and it quickly grew to include case managers throughout the state of North Carolina. Christine knew there was a need before the rest of the community knew there was a need, and she worked tirelessly to bring the issue of Human Trafficking out of the darkness and into the light.

In April 2017, Christine was awarded The Salvation Army’s National Excellence in Social Work Award, and we can’t think of anyone who is more deserving. We are truly blessed for all that Christine has done for our community through The Salvation Army and are excited to see the good she’ll continue to do through her new role.

Harold is retiring.

Harold’s story is one of extraordinary self-growth and achievement. As anyone who has heard Harold’s testimony knows, Harold came to The Salvation Army as an ARC resident when he literally had no other options.

He began in the program by working in the kitchen, eventually moving on to become a Store Helper in October of 2000. During this time, he also taught a class to fellow residents on Behavior Modification to help them avoid relapsing.

While in the program he hoped to one day become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, but for now, God has utilized him in other ways. Harold would go on to touch the lives of those in need, but rather through counseling, he did so by becoming a Store Manager.

Through this role Harold has had the opportunity to lead and mentor countless store employees, as well as turn around struggling thrift stores for the betterment of the army and its mission.

On December 24, 2007, Harold transferred to The Salvation Army of Wake County and we have been so blessed by his family store expertise, natural business sense, and his friendly and warm demeanor.

At our all hands meeting on Friday, staff members spoke eloquently and passionately about Harold and Christine and how much they will be missed.

The entire Salvation Army of Wake County community will truly miss both Christine and Harold and we wish them much success in their future endeavors.

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