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Salvation Army honors local health systems at the Annual Community Luncheon

Salvation Army Major Bill Dickinson, Sutter Health CEO Carrie Owen Plietz and the Effort CEO Jonathan Porteus

Billed as the largest event of its kind in California’s capital region, The Salvation Army of Sacramento County held its Annual Community Luncheon on May 29 at the Woodlake Hotel.

With nearly 1,000 business and governmental leaders in attendance, the luncheon was an opportunity to showcase its programs, give a fiscal and service report to the community, and thank and recognize the individuals and companies who, through their community service activities or programs, have shown a long history of helping people in need.

“Any time we can inform and help people understand the full reaches of The Army’s mission, then that’s a good thing to have,” said Major Bill Dickinson, Salvation Army Del Oro Divisional Commander. “They become better friends and supporters when they know and see firsthand the success of our programs.”

This year, The Salvation Army honored Kaiser Permanente, Mercy/Dignity Health, Sutter Health, and UC Davis Health System with the "Spirit of Caring" award for extensive community service work and leadership. All of the health systems, along with the Effort, Salvation Army and County of Sacramento, have partnered together for the last seven years to operate the Interim Care Program (ICP), a respite care service for homeless patients.

“This is such a great honor to receive,” said Carrie Owen Plietz,

Sutter Health
CEO, Sutter Medical
Center, Sacramento. “It’s great to highlight what the four health systems are doing working together on an innovative program that’s being replicated in other communities. You see the true example of collaboration among the health systems, Effort, Sacramento County and The Salvation Army.”

The ICP offers clients up to six weeks of care and shelter during which they can focus on recovery and developing a plan for their housing upon discharge. The Effort’s case manager links clients with mental health services, substance abuse recovery, housing workshops and provides disability application assistance. The Salvation Army provides 28 beds in a designated wing of its shelter.  In many cases, after their recuperations, past ICP clients continued on with further services as participants of The Salvation Army’s emergency shelter program.

“The Salvation Army has enjoyed its partnership with all of the health systems,” Major Dickinson said. “Each one is a valued member of this community, and we were blessed to have them as our luncheon honorees.”

Last year’s luncheon raised more than $ 274,000 in proceeds to support local Salvation Army programs and services year-round.

News10 (KXTV) evening anchors Dale Schornack and Cristina Mendonsa once again served as the luncheon’s master and mistress of ceremonies.


Editor’s note:  Edits were made to Carrie Owen Plietz’s title after publication.

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