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2 Chico Salvation Army leaders moving away

Two of Chico's Salvation Army Leaders are moving to a new city. Action News spoke to the married couple about all they have done in Chico.

Posted: Feb 7, 2021 7:16 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2021 10:07 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Two of Chico's Salvation Army Leaders are moving to a new city. Action News spoke to the married couple about all they have done in Chico.

The Rodriguera's have been the co-leaders for the Chico Salvation Army for the last six years. They say one of their biggest accomplishments is finishing the Chico Community Center building.

"It has been an amazing journey on the day to day my husband and I pastor a congregation and we oversee a family service office that does a weekly food distribution to 300 local families, low income, and seniors in the community," said Arwyn Rodriguera.

"Weekly emergencies we face with those struggling to make it by paycheck to paycheck making sure we can keep them in the homes by providing food and helping them with their budget. That is the sort of impact we got to expand on while being here," said Craig Rodriguera.

Arwyn and Craig Rodriguera say they also helped out for the Oroville Spillway Incident, the Camp Fire, and the Bear Fire.
During COVID-19 they adopted twins, and then recently got a new station in San Francisco.

"We have had an incredible time here in Chico from the building project, to emergency disaster, to board members, to congregation. We are heading to the Salvation Army San Francisco Crock Center in the Tenderloin. So in the Salvation Army moves are based on potential to grow, so they are giving Craig and me an opportunity to grow in a leadership role," said Arwyn Rodriguera.

"We are going to do a similar role, with a larger facility. We are going to be officers overseeing the Community Center. Some of the Social Services and helping those in need in the community and we are overseeing 110 unit apartment complex," said Craig Rodriguera.

The transitional leader for the Salvation Army here is actually going to be Craig's dad.

"That is unusual in the Salvation Army world and he comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience, so you are trading up to the better model," said Arwyn Rodriguera.

The Rodriguera's say they are going to miss the culture in Chico.

"I have really just been blessed by the strong sense of community and collaboration, our community partners that are not just partners they have become friends of mine that I will carry for life. How we are resilient and how we fight," said Arwyn Rodriguera.

"I think we have really learned a lot from just meeting with people in person. I know a lot of people have taken us on," said Craig Rodriguera.

The Rodriguera's say everything they have learned here in Chico they will take with them to San Francisco. 

Their full-time replacements have not been announced. 

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