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The Abilene Salvation Army hosts trainings this week

The Abilene Salvation Army will be hosting three disaster relief training sessions this week to help community members prepare to pitch-in during emergencies.

Organizers will offer food-handling training Friday evening, providing attendees a certificate allowing them to serve food in restaurants and out of food trucks. Saturday’s course will provide food service team training as well as a ministry of presence class.

Captain of the Abilene Salvation Army, Joshua McKain, says their goal is to better equip their volunteers to better support the community. “Ministry of presence just equips people with the knowledge and understanding that they would need to be able to minister to people who may have just experienced a loss of home, goods or perhaps might be separated from loved ones.”

All training sessions are free and will take place at the Salvation Army Center off of Butternut Street. Registration is available on the Salvation Army’s website.