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The Salvation Army’s Bridging the Gap Program Changing Lives of Teens in Fairfield County

June 22, 2016--The Salvation Army’s Bridging the Gap program for at risk teens is changing the lives of youth right here in our community.

In November 2015, The Salvation Army, serving Lancaster and Fairfield County, launched a new program aimed at at-risk youth, who have been assigned to the probation program of Fairfield County Juvenile Court.  The program was developed as a direct result to a community need in Fairfield County.  The mission of Bridging the Gap is to educate youth on the resources and tools needed for them to make better decisions for themselves and ultimately attain a more promising future.

 “Our program focuses on providing teens with hope and direction through relationship,” said Captain Laura DeMichael, program officer for The Salvation Army.  “Program participants learn that they matter; that they are cared about; and that a mistake in the past doesn’t need to define the future.”  Lives are being transformed now and cycles of unlawful behavior being stopped early in their lives.

Since Bridging the Gap launched in November, 15 students have completed the six week program

 To support The Salvation Army’s Bridging the Gap program, please call (740) 687-1921 or visit the Lancaster Worship and Service Center at 228 W. Hubert Ave. in Lancaster.   


The Salvation Army of Fairfield County Welcomes New Development Manager

June 6, 2016--The Salvation Army has announced that Mike Miller has been named Resource Development Manager effective June 6, 2016.

Mike worked for Fairfield County Job & Family Services Workforce Development / Business Services and Economic Development since 2000. Prior to that Mike worked 23 years in the electric utility industry with AEP and South Central Power in a variety of management positions.

‘We are absolutely thrilled to have Mike join our team’ says Captain Bryan DeMichael, commanding officer for the Lancaster and Fairfield County office.  ‘His knowledge of Fairfield County and outgoing personality will be a great asset to the organization as we continue to share our story of meeting human needs right here in Lancaster and Fairfield County.’

Mike has been active in coaching volleyball and basketball and is currently the varsity volleyball coach at Berne Union High School. Mike served on Lancaster City Council from 1990-1996. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio University.

Mike and his wife Debbie live in Lancaster and have 3 daughters, Megan, Kristen, and Kaitlin.