Salvation Army held its 2023 Annual Civic Luncheon
NORFOLK, Neb. -- The Salvation Army held its 27th Annual Civic Luncheon Monday welcoming donors and supporters to hear of their new programs and new theme.
The new theme is "inspire hope" as their new program Pathway of Hope has helped families with strength-based case management in times of crisis.
Major Jesus Trejo says the Salvation Army is looking for people to help guide the youth through newer programs as well such as the newly implemented partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.
"We're starting a lot of new youth programs and we're really excited to find mentors or people that want to share their gifts with the young generation," said Trejo.
This year Norfolk Catholic School's Football Coach Jeff Bellar was chosen to be the keynote speaker as his work with inspiring his team spoke to the theme.
"His work in sports and in the high school and with the football, he inspires hope in a lot of young people so it ties in with our message," said Trejo.
Bellar recently celebrated his 400th win as a football coach, saying that being a coach holds great influence over his team making it imperative to instill pillars of life.
He teaches his team to always do the right thing, to do the best that they can, treat people well, and to remember that Jesus Christ is in charge.
During his speech, Bellar praised the work the Salvation Army is doing for the community.
"I think it's outstanding. I think with Norfolk we have a great town," said Bellar.
The luncheon also included the presentation of awards closing a thank you to the Salvation Army's supporters and community.