Meet the Team

Lt. Stefan Reid and Lt. Tinisha Reid
Corps Officers

They were recently appointed by The Salvation Army to oversee and expand the spiritual and social ministry of The Salvation Army in Vernon.  They are eager to invest and impact Vernon and the surrounding communities.

Lt. Tinisha Reid has been involved with The Salvation Army all of her life!  She has served in various communities, including, La Scie Newfoundland, Corner Brook Newfoundland, Fort McMurray Alberta, Winnipeg Manitoba and now, Vernon British Columbia.  Lt. Tinisha has a passion for Children and Youth Ministries and sharing God’s love with everyone she meets!  Tinisha is community-minded and is excited to have the opportunity to build relationships with the businesses, organizations and individuals in our great city.

Lt. Stefan Reid has also been a part of The Salvation Army all of his life!  Stefan has served The Salvation Army in Dildo Newfoundland, St. John’s Newfoundland, Fort McMurray Alberta, Winnipeg Manitoba and is now pleased to be ministering to the people of Vernon British Columbia.  Lt. Stefan comes to us with 6 years of experience in Emergency and Disaster Relief Services and is passionate about continuing to help those in need, whatever the circumstances may be.  He is thrilled to be making connections in the community and is committed to caring for the spiritual health of his congregation.

Both Stefan and Tinisha are excited to see what God has in store for The Salvation Army and the community of Vernon!

Tina Phillips
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Tina is the first friendly face you see when entering The Salvation Army House of Hope!  She is happy to assist anyone coming in our doors with accessing the resources they need and is a fountain of knowledge regarding programming and services offered by The Salvation Army in Vernon.

Tracy Mellott
Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Tracy is valued, reliable and hard-working! She brings joy, passion and excellence to our team. Tracy looks after many projects and detail-oriented tasks around the House of Hope. She also coordinates our Volunteer Program and ensures that our volunteers are appreciated and cared for.

Laura Richardson
Family Services Worker

Laura is a dedicated and caring member of our team!  She works hard, assisting those in need.  Laura looks after intake of clients for food hampers, referrals to Salvation Army and other community agency resources and spiritual care.  She takes the time to meet one-on-one with each individual, to ensure that physical, spiritual and emotional needs are cared for.

Jillian Penney
Children and Youth Coordinator

Jillian comes to us all the way from Newfoundland, where she studied and graduated with her degree in Social Work.  She has a passion for encouraging young people, building relationships and creating a safe environment for children to experience a community of belonging.  Jillian can often be found hanging out with kids in the gym, planning Youth Group and Sunday School and assisting with various other programs in The Salvation Army House of Hope!

Jen Thompson
Program Coordinator

Jen oversees the programming out of The Salvation Army Community and Family Services.  She loves to meet with people, provide spiritual care and support the team however she can.  Jen facilitates our women’s programs and welcomes all women to drop in to the Thursday morning Coffee time and Art group!

Dean Sauve
Warehouse Supervisor

Dean is a dedicated and hard-working member of our team.  He ensures that food coming into the House of Hope is efficiently sorted and stocked for distribution to our clients.  Dean is so appreciative of the food donations that the community so generously provides and for the many volunteers who assist him in receiving, sorting and making hampers.

Our Volunteers

We are grateful to our many volunteers who faithfully work at the front desk and in our warehouse. They provide many hours every week in order to ensure that the needs of our clients are met and that our Food Bank processes continue without interruption. We continually invite interested individuals to join our team of volunteers by clicking on the “Contact Us” button.

Majors Phil & Bev Franco (retired 2013)
Pastoral Care Team

Phil and Bev Franco were ordained and commissioned as Officers in The Salvation Army in 1990. After serving in Ontario, Manitoba, and Victoria BC, they were appointed to Vernon in 2008 as the pastors for the church, and with oversight of The Salvation Army’s ministries until their retirement in 2013.  Always passionate for helping others, Phil and Bev remain active in caring for the community in a new role as part of the pastoral care team.

They know from experience that hunger, an acute need, is not the only need. There is the hunger of the heart! Many who enter the doors of the House of Hope are in need of just that – hope!

One of the roles that Majors Phil and Bev take seriously is that of spiritual counselling. The House of Hope is a place where clients are invited and enabled to explore the possibility of a satisfying relationship with their Creator, and deal with life’s spiritual dimension.