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.”
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