The Salvation Army of Wake County has promoted Katie Gonzalez to Director of Social Ministries. She replaces Christine Shaw, who had served in the capacity for 14 years and moved on to a position with NC Human Trafficking Commission.
“We are very pleased to announce Katie’s promotion as the new Director of Social Ministries of Wake and Lee Counties,” said Major Stephen Long, area commander of The Salvation Army of Wake and Lee Counties. “Katie has a wealth of experience with the Army and we know she will do a wonderful job of directing our programs.
“We also congratulate Christine Shaw Long and will miss what she brought to The Salvation Army of Wake County the last 16 years with her can do vision. We thank God for these two outstanding citizens who are always part of The Salvation Army.”
Katie has been passionately working with The Salvation Army of Wake County for more than seven years. In her current role as Director of Social Ministries, she oversees program operations at the Center of Hope. These programs include an 81-bed emergency shelter for women with children, Project CATCH - Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless, Project FIGHT - Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking, and a number of crisis assistance programs open to the community.
“I am excited to take on the role of Director of Social Ministries,” Katie said. “I have had the amazing experience of watching our Social Ministries department grow and expand. With the additions of Project CATCH, and Project FIGHT, our department has not only spotlighted the need for these services in the community but also evolved to meet those needs.”
Katie previously served as the Shelter Program Director where she promoted a safe and welcoming environment for the families staying within the family emergency shelter program. She began working for The Salvation Army of Wake County after completion of her Master's in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, a joint program.
She has resided in Raleigh since attending North Carolina State University where she received her Bachelor's in Social Work.