Released 19 April 2013
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Mrs. Jo Babineau of Stuart was recently recognized as The Salvation Army of Martin County's 2012 "Volunteer of the Year." The recognition was given during the organization's annual Civic and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, which was held Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Yacht and Country Club in Stuart.
According to Judy Jones, Public Relations and Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army, Mrs. Babineau was recognized not only for her 425 hours of service to the organization in 2012, but also for her willingness to "Do the Most Good" wherever she volunteers. "Mrs. Babineau is ‘on the front lines' weekday mornings as she helps to organize and distribute free bread, pastries and coffee to the hundreds of people who come to our offices for our Breakfast Club," said Ms. Jones. "In addition to working four mornings a week, Mrs. Babineau also volunteers on Friday evenings for Booth's Café, our feeding ministry for the homeless and near-homeless."
"Miss Jo, as I call her, has a smile for everyone who walks through our doors," said Lt. Scott Hoover, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Martin County. "She truly exemplifies the heart of The Salvation Army, and we are truly blessed that she has chosen to give of her time to serve others."
The Salvation Army also recognized the following volunteers for their hours of dedicated service:
For her service above and beyond cooking for Booth's Café, Mrs. Nancy Starkey
- For his service in all aspects of our social services program, including the administrative offices, the Breakfast Club, Booth's Café and special events, Mr. Robert Hall
- For hours and hours of dedicated service to The Family Store, Mrs. Fran Wilkins
- For driving the roads of Stuart picking up donated food and gifts, Mr. Mike Farmer
- For working to give Compassion House residents an "edge" in the job search market, Mr. Charles Stracuzzi
- For helping Compassion House residents address their debt processes, Ms. Courtney Cordero from American Debt Counseling
- Receiving the "Newcomers Award" for her hours of work in the Salvation Army kitchen during the last part of 2012 and continuing this year, Ms. Pat Pflanders
- For his "backbreaking labor" during our Christmas Angel Tree program, Chris Urban
Not present but also receiving awards were: Ms. Donna Pierce for her work with Corps Programs;
Mrs. Linda Schubert for her dedication in organizing our Food Pantry; Ms. Amy Rodriguez for her unwavering spiritual support of the residents of Compassion House; and Mr. Howard Hyde for his "can-do" attitude in assisting with food donations.
The Salvation Army of Martin County works throughout the year to provide food and financial assistance to those in distress. Other programs offered by The Salvation Army include emergency disaster assistance, a Friday night food ministry (which provides a hot meal to over 100 people weekly), youth character building programs, a morning Breakfast Club (providing pastries, bread and coffee free of charge), Sunday worship services, bible studies and youth ministry. The Salvation Army of Martin County also operates Compassion House, which provides transitional housing to homeless women and women with children.
The Salvation Army is located at 821 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in East Stuart. For more information, please call 772-288-1471 or visit www.salvationarmystuart.org.