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July 12, 2014

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Family already feels at home in the community

It has been only two weeks, but Salvation Army Lieutenants John and Faith Woodard and their four youngest children already feel at home in Danville.

The couple and their family moved to Danville June 24 after completing Salvation Army’s College for Officers Training in Chicago and serving an internship for two years at the Salvation Army headquarters in Rapid City, S.D. The couple is now at the helm of the local Salvation Army headquarters at 855 E. Fairchild St.

After six years at the Danville corps, Capt. Judy Lowder now serves at a Salvation Army post in Alma, Mich. Her last day in Danville was June 22.

Just in the short time they’ve been in Danville, the Woodards said they enjoy the community and have felt welcomed by its friendly residents.

John, who lived in LaPorte, Ind., until he was 11 years old and still has family there, said he likes being in Danville because “it’s closer to home.” Faith is originally from Battle Creek, Mich.

“I like that Danville is one of the cheapest places to live,” John said. “It’s an older community with older homes and a lot of heritage.

“It’s a modern city with a hometown feel,” he said. “The city is inviting. It’s very open and inclusive.”

Faith agreed. “Neighbors are willing to help each other out.”

“The people in our congregation are very loving, and they don’t even know us,” John added.

The couple said their children, Alex and A’Dora, who will be seniors at Danville High School; C.J., who will be a junior; and Zach, who will be a sophomore are especially enthusiastic to be in Danville, preferring to live in a smaller community after having lived in Chicago. The couple’s fifth child, Nate, is a youth director at the Salvation Army in Wausau, Wis.

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