The Salvation Army is welcoming a pair of new leaders to the Greater Washington area this week. Majors Mark A. and Rhea Dawn Woodcock begin their new appointment on June 17, 2019, as the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command. The Woodcocks replace Majors James “Chip” and Leisa Hall, who spent the last three years in Washington and were recently appointed to be the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army Palm Beach County (Florida.)
Major Mark Woodcock will oversee the region’s $24M operation consisting of several dozen Salvation Army Officers, 130 employees, 10 corps community and worship centers, emergency social services program, and three specialty units. Last year, The Salvation Army served 73,200 people throughout Washington, DC and Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties in Virginia; and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. Major Rhea Woodcock will lead the women’s ministry program, including the Women’s Auxiliary of Washington which raises over $100,000 annually for Salvation Army programs.
Prior to their appointment in the Washington region, Majors Woodcock served as the Divisional Secretaries for The Salvation Army Georgia Division for four years.
Major Mark Woodcock is originally from Salisbury, Maryland. Rhea Woodcock is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. The two were married in 1980. They have two daughters, one of whom is a Salvation Army Officer stationed in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Woodcocks are 1987 graduates of The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College. Majors Woodcock are second and fourth generation Salvation Army Officers, respectively, and represent six generations of family service to The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army provides social service assistance, emergency shelter, homeless nutrition and outreach, addiction treatment, transitional housing, youth programming, and spiritual care to anyone in need without discrimination.
Lieutenants George and Ruby Keith are the new Corps Officers of The Salvation Army Prince George’s County Corps located in Hyattsville, Maryland. The Keiths appointment is effective on June 17, 2019.
About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
The Salvation Army served more than 73,937 people last year through a wide array of services. Our Officers, employees, and volunteers provide compassionate care to everyone in need of help without discrimination. We offer meals and services to the homeless and emergency assistance to individuals and families (rent, utilities, and food). Additionally, we provide transitional and supportive living assistance for mothers and their children and comprehensive addiction treatment for adults. The Salvation Army responds to natural and other disasters by providing emergency relief to first responders and all those in need of support during times of crisis. Learn more or donate today by visiting us at SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Connect with us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using keyword SalArmyNCA.
Submitted by Karen Yoho, National Capital & Virginia Division
April 15, 2019
The motto “Be Prepared” took on a new meaning for Salvation Army Lieutenant Alphonso Hughes this past weekend. Most days you will find Lt. Hughes in northern Virginia, where he serves as an assistant at The Salvation Army Alexandria Corps, but last week a family emergency called him home to Columbus, Mississippi. Late Saturday evening, April 13, as tornadoes hit a couple of towns over in Monroe County, Lt. Hughes was in contact with the Columbus Corps to see what help he could provide to their staff and volunteers. “I knew their lieutenant was at women’s retreat, so I wanted to help. It happened really fast and we were told to ‘just go!’” explained Lt. Hughes.
While he and youth evangelism and outreach director, Melvin Franklin, could not get the mobile feeding unit into storm ravaged neighborhoods, they were able to set up a distribution site. They selected a location that was easily accessible to first responders and members of the community. In addition to providing water and snacks, neighbors came by with donations such as tarps that could be distributed to those in need.
By Monday morning, all local officers were back on the job and an EOC was established. Even though Lt. Hughes was not needed on the front lines, he came back to the Corps to help make sandwiches and pack supplies. “You never know when you are going to be called to God’s service. This reminds me to always be ready,” shared Lt. Hughes. “Even when I was going through personal worries for the issues my family is facing unrelated to the storm, God provided me an opportunity to step outside of that and share his love with other people.”