By Alan Sorensen
Havre is losing two good Samaritans at the end of this month when Capt. Steve and Capt. Amanda Mitchell leave to fulfill their new assignment in Sacramento, Calif.
Our last day here is June 27, and we have to report there on June 30, Amanda said.
Their appointment to Sacramento is as assistant to the city coordinator with responsibility for Bethsaida Corps, an inner-city substance abuse treatment follow-up program. Steve explained that Bethsaida is old Hebrew term that means House of Healing.
The couple and their two older children Sarah, 9; Samantha, 6 began their mission in Havre in February 1994. The Mitchells were lieutenants in the Salvation Army at that time, and were promoted to captains during their stay here.
This new move has left the Mitchells with mixed feelings, the excitement of a new challenge and the regret at leaving Havre.
Weve really been blessed to have stayed here 5 years; I really love it here, Steve said. Working here has been very rewarding.
We are thankful that the people of Havre and the surrounding communities have given great opportunities of service to the underprivileged with great success, Amanda said. The things weve done, we couldnt have done without their support.
The Salvation Armys summer day camps, Community Christmas Project, and holiday food drives are a few of the many programs and projects they helped expand and make even more successful.
Even though there may be problems, Amanda said, everybody can still have fun and you cant take that away.
Theres something else theyre taking away from Havre that they consider very special.
We are taking the greatest souvenir from here that you can take, because Stacy was born here, Amanda said, referring to her youngest daughter who is now four. I think Havres really spoiled us and our kids.
Even though we have to move, it was a privilege for us to be appointed here, Steve said. How could I be excited about a move when they sent us to the best placer first. They should have sent us here last.
The Mitchells replacements will be Lt. William and Lt. Christine Ware.
Theyre coming straight from school, Amanda said. He is originally from Alaska and she is the daughter of a Salvation Army officer.
Theyve gone through the two-year intensive training program, and are coming with knowledge, experience and a freshness to Havre.
Amanda noted that Lt. William Ware was the class president for his session.