WARREN - The local Salvation Army has a cadet in training for the summer who will learn about what it takes to provide assistance to those in need.
Brennen Hinzman is training with Capts. Charles and Misty Coffelt. He will be here for nine weeks through August.
"I am learning about the business and ministry side of the Salvation Army,'' he said.
Charles Coffelt said the event will provide Hinzman with an extra learning experience before he returns to training school.
''We are required to get experience in the field in addition to the book work,'' Hinzman said.
Hinzman, an Ohio native, grew up knowing about the Salvation Army, as both his parents worked for the Salvation Army and today are officers and part of the divisional headquarters in Cleveland.
"I'm very familiar with much about the Salvation Army. I have seen much of this,'' he said.
Hinzman said it was a calling for him to be part of the Salvation Army.
Coffelt said Hinzman is looking at what he and his wife do at the Salvation Army and learning to handle finances, learning the ministry and learning about the reading program.
Hinzman said he has found the location and experience to be very rewarding.
"I like spending time with the people the Salvation Army works with and helps. It's nice knowing I am where God wants me to be,'' he said.
After the internship, Hinzman returns to New York for another year of schooling at the Salvation Army training center for officers.
Two years of schooling and the internship are needed.
Hinzman said the Salvation Army headquarters selects the location for the Cadets. His brother is a cadet at the salvation army in Youngstown.
Hinzman said in the three weeks he has been in Warren he has become familiar with the city. He has been working with the social worker and the responsibilities of that position working with the Salvation Army staff and the community.
Coffelt said what is of major importance is learning the finances.
"Growing up with parents who worked for the Salvation Army I saw a lot of the ministry side. You are in the programs and you attend the church. I am focused more now on the business aspects and finances and social work. It is completely different from what I grew up seeing,'' Hinzman said.
Coffelt said Hinzman learned that his biggest ministry was right in the neighborhood he moved into.
''People sometimes feel ministry is overseas or somewhere else when it is in their own backyard or neighborhood,'' Coffelt said.
Coffelt said this is the first time they has had a cadet working with them.
Hinzman is among 36 participants in northeastern Ohio where each summer different cadets are assigned for one-on-one learning at various locations.
He will be involved with the July 27 women's auxiliary picnic and the August 20 back to school event, both at the Salvation Army.