When You’re a Single Parent with Ten Kids . . .
In a very short time, she had a devastating fall, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and had to go on disability. Then, when her cousin fell on hard times, Tasha stepped in to care for her five children.
Ten children. On a limited income. Unable to find full-time work, Tasha spun into a depression.
“I was in a really bad place,” she says. “I had no money, no inner peace, and I was full of anger that spilled over onto the kids.”
She turned to The Salvation Army for help. They responded with coats and clothes and toys for Christmas. The children got involved in programs at the Kroc Center on Chicago’s South Side, everything from band to the singing company. Two of the kids are now Junior Soldiers. One son wasn’t doing well in school and “didn’t show an interest in anything. Now he’s involved in the band, his grades are up, and he’s looking into colleges.”
Tasha attends weekly meetings of the women’s ministry, and says The Salvation Army helped her to turn things around. “They don’t judge you, and they don’t care about your past,” Tasha says. “I want to give to the Salvation Army like they’ve given to me.”
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