2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
|Mobile||Pastor Joe Aldrete|
The Mobile Division honors Pastor Joe Aldrete for his work supporting youth and disadvantaged families through the multiple programs he has established in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Pastor Aldrete established the Youth Advocate Program, which provides weekly counseling to at-risk adolescents and teenagers, advising them of the dangers of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and drugs. The Baldwin County Juvenile Court uses this successful program and refers troubled youth to Pastor Aldrete. Through the program, Pastor Aldrete aims to decrease juvenile crime, enhance community safety, and facilitate community involvement.
Pastor Aldrete also initiated and operates the Blessed Bread Food Pantry out of his church, Calvary Chapel Fellowship Church, located in Foley, Alabama, and partners with the Bay Area Food Bank in Mobile, Alabama. The food pantry serves more than 300 Baldwin County residents. In addition to the food bank distribution, Pastor Aldrete coordinates with agencies to assist those individuals who qualify to register for programs such as Medicare and the federal Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program. Since the majority of the community served is Spanish-speaking, Pastor Aldrete works with a Spanish-speaking linguist to prevent and avoid language barriers.
As the lead chaplain for the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department, Pastor Aldrete oversees advanced training for chaplains across the county, providing them with protocols and department policies on how their services may be used in different scenarios.