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The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area Welcomes Desirae Kelley-Kato

Thursday, March 8, 2018  
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Kelley-Kato is newly appointed social service director for tri-county area

The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area is happy to announce Desirae Kelley-Kato as its newly appointed social service director in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. Her position oversees all energy, rental, food pantry, meal assistance and Christmas events.

“We are thrilled to welcome Desirae to The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area,” said The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area Coordinator Major Jim Irvine. “Her knowledge of our communities coupled with her skills as a proven social services professional, a commitment to serve people in need and a passion to serve God fits ideally with The Salvation Army’s mission to meet human need in the name of Jesus Christ without discrimination. We are confident she will help us maintain the highest standards in serving people in need throughout the tri-county area."

Growing up in Jackson, Mich., Kelley-Kato was no stranger to The Salvation Army. She attended elementary school next door to a Salvation Army Corps where she became a girl guard and attended many afterschool programs. Along with the influence of the Kelley family, she credits that early exposure to the spiritual and moral code of The Salvation Army with helping to shape her fundamental values. Later in life, she answered a call to ministry and has served in many capacities as an ordained minister at Union Missionary Baptist Church and in various nonprofits.

Kelley-Kato’s years of service have been notable. She received the 2013 Lansing Woman of the Year Award by the Lansing State Journal, the 2013 Caring About Women Locally award by the Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the 2014 Sojourner Truth by The National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women's Clubs Inc. awarded by the Greater Lansing Area Club Chapter.

Kelley-Kato describes the Lansing area as a community that is embracing, family-oriented, full of good neighborhoods and a place seeking social justice for all. In her new role, she says “I pray that I continue the ongoing community work that I’ve committed to for 30+ years as a Lansing resident into The Salvation Army’s motto of Christian service. Social service is the bloodline that brings life to the community and The Salvation Army is known internationally to bring God’s life and light to a dark world. I’m grateful and honored to be a part of The Salvation Army.”

About The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area

The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area serves the tri-county area (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties) by providing numerous individuals and families in need with access to food assistance, personal needs, baby items, haircuts, community meals, utility assistance, mortgage/rent assistance and church events. For more information about The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area, visit

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