NCAC names new Program Services Director

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is pleased to announce the return of Aleata G. Dawkins, MA, LPC/LCPC, NCC to the Area Command as the new Director of Program Services. Ms. Dawkins will oversee all of the program services offered including Harbor Light Center, the Turning Point Center or Women and Children, and the Anti-Human Trafficking Emergency Shelter.

Ms. Dawkins first joined The Salvation Army in May 2015. She has over 19 years of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to the position. Her most previous position was Divisional Pathway of Hope Specialist for the National Capital & Virginia Division.

Prior to The Salvation Army, Ms. Dawkins served as the Program Manager, Counselor, Coordinator and Non-Profit Trainer for some of Washington, DC Metro area’s largest non-profits. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Argosy University, Ms. Dawkins holds a master’s degree in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Washington, DC and Maryland. In conjunction with several other certifications, Ms. Dawkins is also a National Certified Counselor.

NCAC names Management Services Director

The Salvation Army is pleased to welcome Bradley Freedman as the Director of Management Services for the National Capital Area Command. Brad comes to The Salvation Army with more than 20 years of investment management experience at globally respected financial organizations. He will oversee the National Capital Area Command’s Finance, Property, Information Technology, and Human Resources departments.

Before joining the National Capital Area Command, Brad oversaw the operations of a boutique investment advisory firm in the area. Mr. Freedman was a member of the leadership team at Credit Suisse and worked as an analyst at Fidelity Management and Research Company and T. Rowe Price Associates.

Brad graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Always prepared to serve

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.”