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Today I talked with Jesse Lugo who is a City Vision College intern at the St Louis Temple Houses.  Jesse will speak to thousands of Salvation Army people (I don’t want to scare you, Jesse) early June during the Army’s annual gathering, we call it ‘Congress’.  It will take place in St Louis’ Peabody Opera House.

Jesse has a great story to share.  Growing up in Philadelphia.  It wasn’t easy.  What made the difference?  A good godmother and Jesus Christ.  Now she’s in St Louis learning about serving the Benton Park West neighborhood.  And learning about the Salvation Army.

Jesse’s now working with young people.  To make a difference in their lives.  She’ll tell us about it at the Opera House.

Jesse Lugo

Visit Jesse’s Corner featured at the St Louis Temple website.


I just checked the CCDA Jobs Board for our new posting on the urban ministry internships in St Louis.  There it is, one of eleven postings on a new feature of the CCDA website.

I think we will soon see more CCDA postings for Salvation Army jobs.  The Youth Department at THQ has several Good Soil Initiative positions open throughout the Midwest.  GSI is a program to establish youth development workers in communities where the Salvation Army serves.

And remember that the next CCDA National Conference will be in New Orleans, September 11- 14.


City Vision College’s spring term begins March 18.  City Vision College

CVC offers an online program to earm a bachelors degree in urban ministry.  The Salvation Army St Louis Temple Houses currently have two City Vision students serving as interns with another arriving this week.  If you are interested contact Auxiliary/Captain Steve Diaz.

Stephen-diaz@usc.salvationarmy.orgas of 2012 Christmas Eve AM 719

Here’s information from CVC –

The next term for City Vision College is starting on Monday March 18th. You still have time to register. Individual online courses are just $600 for a three-credits and you can register online now. If you want to learn more call 816-960-2008 <tel:816-960-2008>, or visit

Learn more about our degree completion programs

For the past few years, the only financial aid that City Vision College provided was Pell Grant, but we were just recently approved to receive Federal Loans. If you are a new student, then follow the
instructions at:, and select whether you want to apply for Pell Grants, Federal Loans or both.

Can’t afford tuition? Individuals willing to work as a full-time intern qualify to receive free tuition, room and board (see


Could you learn more about urban ministry?

Read the following from Michael Liimatta of City Vision College about its online classes beginning January 7.


The next term for City Vision College is starting Monday January 7th.
Individual online courses are just $600 for a three-credits and you
can register online now. If you want to learn more call 816-960-2008
, or visit

Learn more about our degree completion programs

For the past few years, the only financial aid that City Vision
College provided was Pell Grant, but we were just recently approved to
receive Federal Loans. If you are a new student, then follow the
instructions at:, and select whether you want to apply for Pell Grants, Federal Loans
or Both.

Can’t afford tuition? Individuals willing to work as a full-time
intern qualify to receive free tuition, room and board (see

Our online courses for the upcoming Spring 1 term 2013 include:

Spring 1 term 2013 – January 7, 2013 – March 1, 2013

Course 306 – Managing Residential Recovery Program
(3 credits) The purpose of this course is to impart practical
counseling and operational principles for use in long-term programs
for the chemically dependent, with a particular focus on homeless
addicts and alcoholics.

Course 309 – Fund Raising Basics
(3 credits ) Along with an introduction to the essential elements of
fundraising; direct mail, capital campaigns; annual funds, etc., this
course is intended to help the student to develop a Biblical
perspective of development. This course counts toward credit as a
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE Certification)

Course 401 – Counseling in the City
(3 credits) This course examines the role and theory of lay
counseling as it applies to urban ministry settings. The coursework
guides the learner into increased awareness, knowledge, and skill in
interacting with multicultural and diverse populations. Counselor
attributes, cultural sensitivity, and the concept of contextualized
counseling will be explored. This course also focuses on client
assessment, and approaches to addressing problems common to distressed
urban dwellers seeking counseling.

Course 406 – Joy at Work: (Theology of Work)
(3 credits) This course uncovers new ways of seeing all work as
vocation, all days as mission, all business as sacred, and all
Christians as missionaries. Through case studies, Lausanne documents,
Biblical insights, and historical experiences, this course is basic to
understanding the whole mission of the Church to the whole world,
including through the systems and structures of cities and societies.
It faces the issues of evil that perverts our work ethic and context,
and gives the hope of redemption not only of individuals, but also of
our workplaces, seeking transformation both within and beyond our
workaday contexts.

/This course is subsidized with a tuition grant of $420 by Mustard
Seed Foundation, but it is not being subsidized for the 2013 year./
The only cost to the student is the nonrefundable $180 tuition fee and
the text book, Doing God’s Business by R. Paul Stephens (approx.

To receive this tuition grant, you must be enrolled as a student with
City Vision College. If you are not already enrolled, please follow
the Enrollment Instructions
before registering for this course.

When registering for the course, be sure to enter coupon code
“MUSTARDSEED” when registering, but this code is not excepted for the
2013 year.

Students who register and do not complete the course will be charged
the non-discounted course rate of $600 (following our refund policy).

Course 412 – Counseling Foundations
(3 credits ) (Focuses on various aspects of counseling theory, human
development and the core counseling functions.)

This course serves as the introduction to counseling theory from a
Christian perspective. While many students resist “theory” and want to
“get down to the practice,” a foundation in theory is critical. It is
important for the Christian counselor to have a solid foundation in
the principles of Psychology, Christianity, and the psychology of
religion as they relate to understanding counseling and addiction.
Recognizing various categories of mental health disorders in abnormal
psychology and their relationship to substance abuse will be

This course also serves as the introduction to human developmental
theories which are foundational in understanding the implications of
the age of a person when they experienced trauma and/or the onset of
behaviors leading to addiction. This critical understanding allows
students to confidently deal with the dissonant behaviors between
chronological and emotional “age” of many clients beginning recovery.
This course expands the lay leaders’ and clinicians’ understanding of
significant concepts and the vital role of normal human developmental

In addition, this course addresses the wide range of ethical issues
inherent in all steps identified within the Scope of Practice for
addiction professionals and found in recovery support services. The
course examines issues which may arise during initial screening,
during treatment planning, and as a client progresses through
treatment implementation and moves into recovery. The issues discussed
relate to professional obligations, interactions with family and the
community, as well as the process of documentation. Throughout this
course, the participant will be asked to relate various points to
their own situations, consider the various perspectives presented, and
develop an ongoing awareness of their choices, decisions and behaviors
in light of a high ethical standard.

Course 417 – Group Counseling Practices
(3 credits ) This course is designed for the novice therapist, one
who is participant learner of the experience and dynamics of small
groups. Students will begin to develop their abilities as group
facilitators and potential therapist. Upon completion of this course,
students will be able to describe the aspects of forming, leading and
evaluating groups as well as identify specific behaviors that are
disruptive in group settings. Good group facilitation is much more
than conducting therapy with a number of individuals in a group. It
requires an active counselor who is constantly observing all of the
nuances of the members’ interactions. It requires a skill that can
only be mastered through supervised group experience and an
understanding of group process and group dynamics. Important aspects
of this course are designed to address: Advantages and Disadvantages
of small groups, Group assumptions, Stages of Group, the Counselor’s
role, Effective communication, Leadership styles and problematic
client behaviors. Students will understand the development of a small
group, gain the facilitation skills necessary to monitor and function
as facilitator, and assist group member in growing through a group

Course 419 – Family Issues and Recovery
(3 credits ) (Understanding the importance of family dynamics in
recovery, including youth issues, codependency, plus God given
resiliency and self repair.)

This course covers three distinct areas dealt with in family
counseling: Substance Abuse, Codependency and Family Systems. This
course will overview the treatment of substance abuse within the
Family Systems Models, as well as compare and contrast individual
therapy models and Family Systems models. In part two there will be a
comprehensive study of Codependency, including its characteristics,
origins and recovery strategies. And finally, the course wraps up with
a broader view of family issues and dynamics, bringing the focus to
the places where most families need help.

Michael Liimatta, Director

City Vision College

712 E 31st Street – PO Box 413188

Kansas City MO 64141-3188 USA

Phone: <>

John just sent the link, so here’s the St Louis Temple Houses blog.  Check out their posts and pictures from Arsenal Street.

Near Keokuk Street I heard a rooster crow.  Twice.

I was on my run yesterday morning in St Louis.  A quiet Sunday morning in south St Louis, a mile west of the Anheuser Busch brewery.  The sky is lighting up in the east.  I couldn’t tell if the faintly sour air was the brewery or the dumpsters along Iowa Street.

Laclede Park.  Then, where Iowa dead-ends, west on Chariton.  Turn around, back up Iowa.

A block ahead I see a dog in the middle of the street, standing still, looking my way.  Pit bull.  It has staked that block.  I slow to a jog and turn around.  I’m now on California.  Just ahead two dogs together crossing a vacant lot near Cherokee.  I keep my head down and slow to a nonchalant pace.  Several blocks later three cats sit in the remains of a house’s entry, indifferent to a runner in the street.  Near Arsenal, a grizzled tom cat on the sidewalk meanaces me.

Animals with attitudes.

Here are animal photos taken over the weekend at Temple Houses.

John says this hen runs out to greet him, follows him, always curious about what John is doing.  It was curious about me.

Temple Houses have a chicken coop in the back.  They built it earlier this fall and waited for the seven hens to start producing eggs.  Finally two weeks ago, an egg.  Saturday morning I checked a laying box.  A beautiful brown egg.

Young people and senior citizens from Temple Corps programs cross Arsenal to see the chickens, touch and hold them.  The gardens are also an attraction.  Lately the seniors have collected fresh salads to take home.  John pointed out the kale.  Just clip some, nice and fresh.

Saturday night Gail and I had pizza with Steve and Ketsia Diaz (Kyle, too) and the young adults in Temple Houses along Arsenal and California Streets.  Several are City Vision College interns.  Others are involved in the neighborhood as Salvation Army staff, volunteers.  All are part of this growing and developing community living as a witness in the Benton Park neighborhood.

Check out Temple Houses website for photos of Mike, Michael, Darnell and Natalie, some of their current residents.

Steve and Ketsia frequently host these Saturday evening get-togethers for Temple Houses.  After the meal Steve introduced us to those who were new.  He and John gave information on recent incidents and news in the neighborhood.  What to do when trouble is seen (call Steve, John or 911).  How to help young people attending the corps whose father was shot to death.  A time of prayer.

After the meeting sitting in the kitchen, visiting.  I watched Lou and Beckham wrestle.   They are owned respectively by the Diaz’ and Laura Grainger.  Along with John’s Boone they form an impressive set of dogs, not an unhelpful resource for living in Benton Park.

Here’s the egg layer.

A person could easily get lost in Minneapolis’ Skyway.  Michael Liimatta knows how to navigate it.  Michael attended seminary there and explained how the Skyway system connects ten square blocks of downtown Minneapolis.  A good place to hunker down during long Minnesota winters.

We met over coffee last month on a Friday afternoon during the CCDA Conference.  Michael works from Kansas City as Academic Chief Officer for City Vision College.  Four City Vision students currently serve as interns in St Louis at the Salvation Army’s Temple Houses on Arsenal Street.

Michael is also involved in closing the digital divide in Kansas City as co-founder of Connecting for Good.  Kansas City won the highly competitive Google FiberIt means that KC will have access to astonishingly fast internet connections.  Except for low-income neighborhoods:  42% of KC low income areas.  This is where Connecting for Good, the Kansas City Public Library and others are working to educate and organize neighborhoods to participate in Google Fiber.

Michael and others are featured in this KCUR roundtable discussion on Google Fiber’s effect on the digital divide in Kansas City.

There’s no debate on how crucial access is to the internet.  Job hunting.  Education.  Social networks.  Information.  When individuals and entire neighborhoods don’t have access it creates a digital divide.  It adds to the disparity many communities already suffer.  Especially low income urban and rural communities.

I wish you well, Michael!

After a hot day the Temple Houses are ready to travel for ice cream at Crown Candy!

They look happy.  In anticipation of ice cream and a cooler summer evening.

I was in St Louis for the weekend.  Sunday morning at the Salvation Army’s Belleville IL Corps with Captains Heath and Anita Sells.  Heath and Anita served with us for a summer in the 1990s on Detroit’s west side.  They are friends and colleague officers.  They are also developing a proposal for greenhouse gardening with the support of interested community backers offering resources to make it happen.  Gardening and job training.

The picture shows Temple House people Saturday evening about to travel to the north side for ice cream at Crown Candy.  John and I had chocolate malts.  We were happy.

In the picture, left to right –

  • Natalie, a transplanted Salvation Army soldier from the Twin Cities in graduate social work studies at Washington University
  • Hilary from Cleveland OH who just arrived last week.  She will help with Temple day camp and other Salvation Army work this summer and then begin the Urban Ministry Internship Program at Temple Houses this September.  UMIP offers practical field experience in St Louis and an urban ministry degree from City Vision College.  Three more interns will soon join Temple Houses.
  • Laura, director of the new CHOICES program sponsored by the Army.  CHOICES will work to develop the full potential of young people and their families living in the Temple neighborhood.
  • Betsy just returned home to Georgia this week after several weeks gardening for the Temple Houses.  She’s responsible for the flower and vegetable beds and general beautification on Temple House grounds.
  • Auxiliary Captains Steve and Ketsia Diaz, officers in charge of the Army’s St Louis Temple on Arsenal Street.
  • front row:  Boone, Kyle and John.  Kyle is Steve and Ketsia’s son, a charmer.  John, my son.  Boone, one of three Temple House dogs.  Yesterday’s post showed Boone taking a break with Lou and Beckham who respectively belong to the Diaz’ and Laura.

Darren, who just completed his urban ministry internship, is away for the summer working in California.  He returns to Temple Houses next month to begin a new phase of internship that allows both intern and The Salvation Army to determine if full-time ministry as a Salvation Army officer is in the future.

John and Captain Steve pondering ice cream choices at Crown Candy

What is the common denominator of Temple House residents?  All are Christians living in shared quarters within a block of the Temple Corps and help with its ministry to the neighborhood.  They are committed to make a difference in the name of Jesus in the Benton Park community of St Louis.

John and Betsy completed this chicken coop last Saturday in the back yard of a Temple House.  Yesterday four hens moved in.  John is thinking omelettes.

Are you looking for an experience to live and serve in the city?

The Salvation Army sponsors the Urban Ministry Internship Program in St Louis MO for young adults. Part of the City Vision College bachelors degree in urban ministry, it offers four interns 6 or 12 months living in the inner city (a modest stipend provided) and an introduction to Salvation Army urban ministry.


Contact Envoy Steve Diaz, officer in charge at the St Louis Temple Corps,

Rachael Jarboe of City Vision College sent the following note regarding an online course in urban youth ministry City Vision will offer beginning January 2.   BTW, The Salvation Army and City Vision work together in placement of interns in several Army locations around the Midwest.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I wanted to to let you know that City Vision College will be offering an eight week accredited online Course in Urban Youth Ministrystarting January 2.  The course will be taught by Jeremy Del Rio, who is a national speaker and adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, Alliance Theological Seminary, and City Vision College.  To register for the course visit:

Below is a description of the course.  If you have any questions, please E-mail or call 816-960-2008.

Course 330 – UYM101: Urban Youth Ministry


Course Description
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of holistic youth development in an increasingly interconnected, open-sourced, urban world. Students will be equipped to develop asset-based, student-led, contextually relevant, culturally engaging, transformational relationships with young people. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of multiculturalism, urban poverty, and educational inequity.

Course Objectives

  • Empower students to lead holistic youth development in their respective communities.
  • Introduce students to the ideas and principles of community youth development.
  • Create a framework for nurturing authentic student leadership.
  • Provide tools for asset-based youth development, accessing community resources, and transformational mentoring.
  • Explore the cultural context and implications of the first generation to grow up online.
  • Explore the influence of Hip Hop on cities, pop culture, and youth development.
  • Explore the implications of digital media for youth development strategies.

Weekly Topics
1.        Foundations of Community Youth Development
2.        Empowering Authentic (Student-Led) Student Leadership
3.        Holistic Strategies: Introducing 40 Developmental Assets
4.        Sustainable Supports: Cultivating Community Assets
5.        Beyond Service: Restoring Justice to Youth Development
6.        Developing Leaders on your Team: Mentoring Matters
7.        Cultural Remix: Engaging the Hip Hop Generation
8.        The Generation Changing the World


Thank you,
Rachael Jarboe
TechMission and City Vision College
Phone: 816-960-2008 City Vision College Academic Office



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