A Personal Message from Major Robert Lloyd:
As my wife and I drove to our exciting new assignment as the freshly appointed Clark County Coordinators, we speculated as to what we would discover in the far off, glamorous city known as "Las Vegas". We knew that the work of The Salvation Army was extensive and that a great amount of work awaited us, but we had little idea of what new experiences would add spice to our ministry with The Salvation Army! As we were introduced to all the programs and staff, we grew increasingly impressed with the actual work being done to help men, women and children in Las Vegas and Clark County. We have become very proud of what our hardworking staff and volunteers are doing to make a difference each and every day! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we have staff and volunteers providing approximately 1,500 hot meals, 200 boxes of food for families, and each night we put approximately 600 people into beds!
Even as I write the above statistics, I feel a tightening in my chest as I consider the amount of work involved in making such a difference in our new community. However it helps me to remember the program directors, the staff, and the myriad of volunteers I've been meeting since my arrival last July and I feel very humbled that so many people have given of their time and resources to be of service to The Salvation Army and those in need. I've seen first hand the struggles the current economy has placed upon working families and individuals who want nothing more than very basic assistance, and I've seen some of our funding sources dry up in the past several months. However I'm very gratified that even as the economy continues to impact those who turn to us for help... friends continue to support us in our mission of helping others. We continue to need your prayers and financial support to continue the good work we do in Las Vegas and Clark County. As our population increases and resources decrease, the number of those turning to The Salvation Army continues to rise. Our Homeless Services programs are pressed to the maximum to meet the needs of more people roaming the streets. Our Family Services programs are receiving more requests for rental and utility assistance as well as food and clothing. Our Drug & Alcohol Recovery programs has a waiting list for men and women desperate for the treatment that in many cases is life saving, and our mentally ill services is in growing demand.
These needs and more are met on a 24/7 basis only because of your generous support. The Salvation Army of Las Vegas and Clark County is on the job everyday to provide help and hope to those in need. Thank you for helping us to make a difference for men, women and children in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Pahrump and Mesquite.
The Majors Lloyd arrived in Las Vegas in July 2009 to become the Clark County Coordinator and Director of Special Services. The Lloyds replaced Majors William and Harriette Raihl who left the Command after seven years. The Lloyds bring a long career of service to Clark County, moving to Las Vegas from positions at The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters in Long Beach, California. Prior to Long Beach, the Lloyds served the Army in Idaho and Washington State. They have been married 30 years and have two children living in Seattle. They bring to the Clark County Command a new vision for growth and service.