Community programs trigger growth at Dallas corps

The Pleasant Grove Corps in Dallas is experiencing a wonderful time of growth. A complete remodeling of the corps building was recently completed and that progress has been more than matched within the congregation of the corps. Within the last six months, 47 new soldiers have been enrolled at the Pleasant Grove Corps under the leadership of Majors Angel and Valerie Calderon.

Majors Jon and Barbara Rich, area commanders for the North Texas Area Command, conducted the most recent soldier enrollment on Sunday, Sept. 8, that saw 17 senior soldiers and two junior soldiers commissioned. In February 2019, seven junior and 21 senior soldiers were enrolled.

The corps offers a diverse range of programming to the community that includes a performing arts school, ballet academy and sports programs such as soccer, basketball and volleyball. The corps recently started adult soccer leagues for men and women.

An after-school program is available where school-age children can receive homework assistance, and a Friday youth night engages young people in activities, all in the safety and friendly Christian environment found at The Salvation Army.

“Our corps activities and outreach programs have provided our soldiers and church members the opportunity to invite their friends and neighbors to get involved at The Salvation Army,” said Major Angel Calderon. “Even more than becoming a place to relax, make friends and enjoy sports activities, our soldiers are also evangelizing and bringing new souls into the kingdom. We praise God for all that is taking place at the Pleasant Grove Corps.”