13 February 2018

The Salvation Army Lansing Capital Area is happy to announce Desirae Kelley-Kato as its newly appointed Social Service Director in the Clinton, Eaton and Ingham county area. Her position oversees all energy, rental, food pantry, meal assistance and Christmas events.

Growing up in Jackson, MI, Ms. Kelly-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 after school 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.

Ms. Kelly-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 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.

Ms. 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 on-going community work that I’ve committed 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.”