SALVATION Army officials in the Quincy/Hannibal region were sad to learn that Majs. Dan and Dorene Jennings will be transferred elsewhere next year. They also were grateful for the couple's leadership and the progress of local operations during the past two years.
"They were a prayer answered," said Jo Kirlin, chairman of the Salvation Army's governing board.
Arriving in Quincy in February, 2011, the couple guided the final construction and dedication preparations for the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center at 405 Vermont St. The $27.2 million facility was dedicated in September 2011 and has seen a blur of activity ever since.
In April the Salvation Army broke ground on a $2.2 million family services and emergency shelter building at 501 Broadway -- just across the Fifth and Broadway intersection from the Kroc Center. The facility is on track to open in a few months.
The Jenningses were assigned to Quincy because of their experience working at Kroc centers in Chicago, South Bend, Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., Omaha, Neb., and Green Bay, Wis. The skills that made them the right choice for Quincy two years ago, now make them the best choice to lead the Salvation Army's Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division, which includes the Kroc Center at Green Bay.
Looking forward, Quincy's Salvation Army officials are preparing for the return to downtown of the Family Services and Emergency Center. They also have a well-organized system at the Kroc Center, a dedicated volunteer corps and strong community support.
As much as the Jenningses will be missed, the local Salvation Army will continue to move forward much to the benefit of Quincy and those in need.