Without You, They Might Have Been Homeless

When Charise walked into to The Salvation Army, she burst into tears. “I’ve always been a hard worker,” she said. “I never thought I would need to ask for help.”

But life took an unexpected turn when she suffered a health crisis that required surgery. Just as she was getting back on her feet, complications arose that required another surgery and an extended period of recovery.

“I’m a single mom, so finances were tight,” Charise remembered. “Once I was mostly better, I started working overtime to get us back on our feet . . . that’s when my company laid off 150 people, including me.”

“I was at rock bottom”

Charise did temporary work while she searched for permanent employment, but nothing came through. In spite of her best efforts, they fell further and further behind.

By the time she came to The Salvation Army, she feared she would lose everything. “I was at rock bottom, but the people here lifted me up. They were so encouraging.”

Thanks to your support, we paid several key bills for Charise, including her utility bill. As a result, she was able to stretch her resources and cover her remaining expenses.

Today, she’s just weeks from beginning a new job with higher pay. She feels good about her future again, and says, “God used The Salvation Army to carry me through a difficult time and show me he still loved me. If it wasn’t for this help, my son and I might be homeless. I will always be grateful.”

To continue to support struggling children and families in our community, please donate.

“I Couldn’t See Any Light”

After 19 years of marriage, my wife and I divorced. That was also about the time my mom got sick and died. I was beyond depressed, and since my wife got the home — and I basically didn’t care about anything anymore — I wound up on the streets.

For five years I lived under a bridge, suffering from hunger, thirst, heat, cold. I was too scared to kill myself, but I wouldn’t have minded drinking myself to death. I couldn’t see any light in my future.

Meals, a Shower . . . and New Hope

But it was about that time that someone told me about The Salvation Army. I just came for some meals and a shower. The people here were very nice, and they would wash my clothes, encourage me, and tell me about God. I started to make friends. I started to see some good.

The road to recovery was bumpy. I suffered a heart attack and nearly died. But the people from The Salvation Army were with me all the way. They visited me in the hospital and raised my spirits. And when I got out, they took care of me for a year, helping me address the roots of my problems.

My life isn’t easy now, but I have hope again. I have food to eat and a roof over my head, thanks to The Salvation Army. They saved me. I will never forget the lessons I learned here, or the kindness these people showed me.



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