They’re about hope and transforming lives

Published Nov 20, 2017 at 4:00pm

Capts. Alan and Amanda Krueger are the new leaders of the Rome Salvation Army Citadel, and they have brought with them enthusiasm, optimism and a commitment to serve others to the halls of the charitable and religious organization.

They embrace the Rome Corps’ mission to try and provide services and programs to high-risk individuals and families, as well as minister to those who are seeking a church family.

“Poverty is a cycle, and we want to break that cycle by letting people know they have options, that they can get an education and get better jobs, and be better citizens,” Alan Krueger told this newspaper when the Kruegers were interviewed recently.

While many may see and hear the Red Kettle bellringers at Christmastime, the Salvation Army serves the community all year. For years the Rome Citadel has provided assistance for area residents for years through activities like feeding and clothing programs and after-school sessions that teach citizenship and skills to young people. The Kruegers, with 11 years of service in the Salvation Army, are looking forward to expanding an already ambitious mission that touches the lives of many.

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services.