Vadia Powell, 89, has lived in her Chatham home on Chicago’s south side for decades. As she aged and violence engulfed the neighborhood, Vadia stopped leaving her home to visit friends, go to the store or attend Sunday worship. “Most of us on this street don’t travel like we used to,” she said. Her isolation only deepened when you husband passed away in 2000. Vadia’s son, Robert, 64, returned home to better care for his mother.
The steps in the front of the house fell into disrepair with rotting wood and poor support, and Robert had several accidents which resulted in broken legs and knee surgeries. Unable to replace the stairs themselves, Vadia and Robert turned to The Salvation Army.
The Army’s Two are Better Than One program recruits and trains volunteers from area churches and organizations to provide in-home help and assistance for seniors or caring for aging parents. During one of the program’s outreach day, volunteers from Affordable Construction built new steps for Vadia and Robert.
Additionally, The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Corps Community Center has “adopted” Vadia and arranged for regular transportation for her to attend Sunday worship and other senior programs at their location.
“I once became a believer in the ‘goodness’ of The Salvation Army. Thank you,” said Robert.
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