ENID, Oklahoma— The current Salvation Army Corps Chief from Enid says that despite the pay cut after quitting a 14-year career with a car company, he is reaping the rewards of his work for the Christian charity.
“Our mission is rooted in biblical truths. We preach that everyone is worthy…everyone has a purpose,” said Captain David Brittle, who is celebrating his second year as head of offices and programs at Enid. “We don’t try to be the best, we try to do our best.”
Brittle, an ordained minister, and his wife, co-captain Amanda Brittle, served in Sand Springs and Chickasha before coming to Enid in June 2020.
Operating in Enid since 1904, the Salvation Army regularly provides local residents with a myriad of free services, such as food and shelter, while honoring the mission of Christ with support programs for those recovering. or in difficult times.
The Salvation Army served nearly 6,000 people in 2021, Brittle said.
“Everything we think the Salvation Army does in the world is ministry,” he said. “And maybe, just maybe, we can lead someone to the saving grace that is the Lord Jesus Christ with all the service we do.”
Take them on tour
No strings attached and no questions asked of those who report to Enid’s Salvation Army facility at 518 N. Washington.
“We’re going to be here to help this community lift people out of poverty, protect them and help them move forward,” he said.
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Brittle said he and his staff are now planning a series of regular tours starting next month for anyone interested in finding out more about the local charity’s services, all of which are free.
Monthly tours will take visitors through the Salvation Army’s emergency shelter, kitchen, thrift store, family apartments and social services office, Brittle said. Anyone can ask questions about the programs during a lunch after the visit.
The first group, scheduled for April 26, is already full, but Brittle said he would add more dates if enough people ask to visit, as his goal is to limit visitor groups.
“We have to start telling people what we’re doing because I think that’s a way of being good stewards of our time,” he said.
“Times When They Need Help”
Enid’s office manages Salvation Army services for Grant, Major and Garfield counties, and Brittle said they plan to permanently manage Alfalfa County administration.
A men’s and women’s emergency shelter normally houses up to 24 and 12 people, respectively, Brittle said.
Last year, more than 10,000 different people stayed at the shelter – the region’s only homeless shelter open all year round, operating as a cooling station in the summer and as a place where people can stay at home. warm in winter.
All are welcome to spend the night at the refuge, which is open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the following morning.
“Anyone who needs a place to stay and can go through the check-in process, we give them a berth,” Brittle said. “You see all walks of life, and you even see that people who are doing well have times when they need help.”
People can also come in and take showers and use the laundry service in the evenings – the Salvation Army will give them free fabric softener and detergent.
Visitors to the shelter, as well as anyone from the community, are invited to community dinners held at 6 p.m. every night, seven days a week. They also receive a meal for breakfast.
The kitchen served just over 27,000 meals last year.
The food comes from the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank and private donations, as well as other local nonprofits such as Enid’s RSVP.
If someone goes to the grocery store and buys a marked canned product in bulk for sale, the Salvation Army will incorporate that food into dinners this week, Brittle said.
Serve the community
A longtime agency partner of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, the organization is funded by private donations, including those given at annual events such as the Ringer and Spruce Up a Life, as well than all the profits from the thrift store.
The Social Services Office provides furniture and clothing to the community, with nearly 11,000 items of clothing distributed last year.
The thrift store, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sundays, also serves as an outlet for people in the Salvation Army’s work therapy program as they recover from addiction.
Brittle said people in the 90-day minimum program learn a trade by working five hours a day at the thrift store, performing tasks such as running the cash register or driving a forklift.
Because the work therapy program is cold turkey recovery, work assignments and even morning routines keep residents busy and on a regular schedule, Brittle said.
“It gives them a healthy way to express themselves and really work through some of the issues they’re having,” he said.
They also meet weekly with the Salvation Army social worker on site, learn how to obtain documents such as birth certificates and IDs, and even go through mock job interviews.
Attendees come regularly from St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and the Northwestern Behavioral Health Center, Brittle said.
He said Enid was working to facilitate a Celebrate Recovery program, a Christ-centered 12-step recovery plan for those recovering from addiction or trauma.
“All we do is help someone get back on their feet, help them get their life back together,” he said.