Case manager Cristina Anguiano and Captain Lisa Smith vow to continue serving the Mesquite area with help for families in need for as long as they can. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

Case manager Cristina Anguiano and Captain Lisa Smith vow to continue serving the Mesquite area with help for families in need for as long as they can. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

It’s been nearly a month since Roberta Franco left the Mesquite Salvation Army and Captain Lisa Smith took over.

Currently from Las Vegas, Smith brings over 14 years of experience with the organization, serving in areas from Colorado to California and everywhere in between.

“I liked the fact that it’s a church that actually does what the bible says. They really do reach out to those in need,” said Smith of why she joined the Salvation Army.

Speculation of what would happen with the branch has inflamed some, with unconfirmed rumors gaining traction that the Mesquite branch would shut down. Smith vows that is not the case and that they will remain in Mesquite for many years to come.

Smith maintains that many of the services that the organization offers will continue, as long as funding remains. Current services include food assistance, public assistance help (SNAP, Medicaid, etc), free bread, and more.

While they welcome anyone to take advantage of their help, Smith advises those seeking help with applying for state aid set up an appointment with her only other employee, Cristina Anguiano, the case worker for Mesquite. Together, with a small handful of volunteers, Smith hopes to continue all of the previous programs that Franco had built up, including Backpacks for kids, Angel Tree and the Red Kettle Drive.

Smith also stated that they are looking to offer assistance with housing needs, citing that they are expecting funding for that program to come through and finalize in March or April.

“My prayer is that the community will come through and help us out [as they have in the past]” noted Smith. “Roberta did a wonderful job here. I want to carry on that tradition and keep that going by providing services for these families.”

While Smith’s position hasn’t been made permanent, she is certain that the Salvation Army will remain open in the foreseeable future to provide for the community.

Current hours have been cut back a bit while final finishes are being made on those determinations. The office is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. – Noon and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The office will be closed on Fridays for the time being. For more information or to set up an appointment for assistance, call 702-345-5116.