Having arrived in Mildura only two weeks ago, Debbie Serojales and her husband Rod are proving to be valuable additions to an already strong Salvation Army team.

After spending six years working with Salvos in the Philippines, the new corps officers have set foot in Mildura and are ready to take charge and serve the community.

The two have a combined 42 years of experience as Salvation Army officers and can’t wait to get started here.

“We really loved working in the Philippines. Rod is Filipino so it was a passion for him to serve country and community there, but we’ve got kids aged eight and 10 and we decided to come back to Australia when COVID hit,” Debbie said.

“The team we’re joining in Mildura have done some amazing things, so we’re really looking forward to getting to know everyone, serving God and serving community.”

While Debbie and Rod have only been in Mildura for a couple weeks, the friendly nature of the area has already warmed them to the town.

This, combined with a capable and sturdy Salvation Army support base, has the two new arrivals in high spirits for what is to come throughout the year ahead.

They haven’t been in office for long but they are already carefully planning programs for the community after such a tough and challenging 2020.

“The people of Mildura are amazingly welcoming and really friendly. We just really want to keep connecting with people and provide for any specific needs in the community,” Debbie said.

“We’ve got people from Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD), we’ve got three thrift shops here, Ministers and Pastors of the church and of course so much community support. We’re always on the lookout for volunteers too and anyone who wants to help out is absolutely welcome.”

“We’re slowly finding our way. After such a hard year for everyone last year we’re taking our time working with the team and finding ways to safely run programs for the youth and the rest of the community.”

With so much experience between Debbie and Rod and such a skilled Salvation Army team which is always assisting the community in place, Mildura is in very capable hands.