The Salvation Army serving Southern Nevada announced the appointment of Interim Director, Captain Lisa Smith to Mesquite Family Services on Jan. 11. Smith is a 14 year veteran of The Salvation Army and has been serving as Assistant Director of Social Services in Las Vegas since 2014. On Feb. 1 Smith will take over for Roberta Franco, who has served as Social Services Director for the Mesquite site for seven years.

Smith currently manages many social services programs and a housing facility in Las Vegas. She has also served as a social services administrator in Modesto, Calif. as Team Ministry Officer from 2012 to 2014 overseeing their transitional living and emergency shelters, and in San Francisco, Calif. from 2009 to 2012 as Program Administrator, responsible for the housing facility and programs.

“Roberta’s hard work and joyful spirit has been appreciated throughout her time as director,” said Major Kelly Pontsler, Clark County Coordinator. “She has been a source of outstanding service for so many in Mesquite and she has our blessing.”

Recounting her work with The Salvation Army, Franco said, “I’ve enjoyed my time and accomplishments serving those in need throughout Mesquite. The Salvation Army provides great programs for the Mesquite community which will continue on an upward route.”

During the growth of partnerships and services in the Mesquite community, several programs and services have become staples of Family Services throughout the last several years, including social service assistance, food pantry assistance, vocational training, and more. Provisions to Mesquite families and individuals in need include food, including daily fresh loaves of bread, and school shoes and Christmas toys for children.

During Smith’s tenure, her service has been fully dedicated to the mission of The Salvation Army, ensuring the help and service of those in need, lending a hand up.

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada has been serving the Southern Nevada community since 1948. The Salvation Army is one of the largest direct providers of social services in Southern Nevada with a broad spectrum of services. For more information about The Salvation Army serving Southern Nevada, go to salvationarmysouthernnevada.org.