YUMA, Ariz- The Salvation Army has came a long way over the years in terms of renovation and expansion of the boys and girls club thanks to Major Randy and Major Tracie Hartt. Now, the Hartts are saying farewell to the Desert Southwest and making their way down Northern California.
Major Randy Hartt, CPO Salvation Army Yuma said, “We’ll be going actually to a Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Suisun City, California which is near Sacramento and San Francisco.”
He says they appreciate everything the community has done to help get the boys and girls club where it is today.
“We had prayed about this capitol campaign but it was the people in this community and our advisory board and the people in this campaign committees and Development Directors Kari Tatar a bunch of us just all coming together and really it was a team effort to make this happen.”
He says it’s bitter, sweet to be leaving Yuma and he’s going to miss all the kids at the Salvation Army.
Major Hartt adds, “When I walk into the club or walking into the Sunday service or I get to do the heat relief with the water and I get to go out and help people. Or, get people inside the vehicle so they can cool off inside our big buses. Those are the types of things that I’m going to really miss and really love to do.”
Hartt says the things they’re most proud of is the lives they’ve seen change.
“We’ve watched a few of these kids who have grown up in the Salvation Army who are now working here and have become successful adults and citizens and they’re striving for things. So seeing changed lives and watching them including some kids who were really going down a rough path but by the grace of God we’re able to turn them around and move them on” said Hartt.
In their new role they’ll still be very hands on which is something that Hartt says he loves the most.
Hartt adds, “We’re kind of glad that we can still be on the ground floor and be involved. Roll up our sleeves and dig in and do the things that we love to do.”
The Salvation Army of Yuma will hold a farewell to the Hartt’s and a open house at the Worship Center on Sunday beginning at 11 am.