I’ve Learned How to Trust Again

Lies and betrayals had left Ralph with a massive chip on his shoulder — and an inability to trust anyone. Even when he came to The Salvation Army, he could not believe anyone here would actually help him.

Twenty-six years old and homeless, he rode his bicycle everywhere. He had a long list of great stories to tell. But he was also stubborn, prideful, and trusted no one. So when Ralph arrived at The Salvation Army seeking assistance to pay a motel bill, he wore that mistrust like a chip on his shoulder. When he was told that The Army didn’t help pay for motel rooms, but could help him find more permanent housing, his guard went up even more. “I don’t know if you’re telling the truth or not,” Ralph said. “I don’t trust you. I don’t trust anyone.” He immediately got up and left.

About a week later, Ralph returned . . . to ask about getting into permanent housing. He didn’t have a clue where to start, so an Army staff worker walked him through the whole process — the paperwork, where to apply for aid, creating a budget, and so on. Then he hopped on his bike and went off to find a place to live. Within a few days, Ralph was back again: He had found a place and moved in. In tears, he hugged The Salvation Army staffer who had helped him. “I don’t trust many people,” he said. “But I trust you.”

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You Helped Joanne Overcome Three Life Crises

When her husband left after 15 years of marriage, 50-year-old Joanne suddenly found herself in dire straits. She was grieving the loss of the relationship, she was on the verge of losing her home, and she developed a serious heart condition that would require much attention. When her savings finally ran out, Joanne received an eviction notice from her landlord. She was devastated.

At Rock Bottom, Where to Go? When she turned to The Salvation Army, she found the help she desperately needed. Counselors worked with Joanne to assess her situation, create financial goals, and put a halt to the eviction so she could keep her home. They helped her catch up with her payments, and provided assistance from the food pantry to cut down on her bills.

Within two months, Joanne found work — a job she could do from the comfort of her home — and she was living on a balanced budget. She hasn’t needed any more assistance since. Joanne’s story illustrates how circumstances can swiftly change a person’s situation, from a lifestyle of comfort and few worries to a desperate position. It could happen to anyone.

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The Time of Their Lives at Summer Camp — Thanks to You!

Sophia and Sarah, adorable 8-year-old twins, never thought they’d get a chance to go to summer camp. As the children of a single mother struggling to make ends meet, they believed it could never happen for them. But when their mom heard that The Salvation Army makes it possible for kids to attend camp at no cost to their family, they signed up . . . and had the time of their lives.

Sophia and Sarah say they especially enjoy swimming, hobbies, and crafts. “Our counselors help us have fun, and we make a lot of friends,” says Sophia. They also learn about life’s lasting things, like the importance of building strong, lasting relationships and respecting others.

Hundreds of Children Attend — Thanks to Kind Friends Like You!

For some children, camp gives them an opportunity to experience things most of us take for granted. “You mean I get three meals a day?” one child asked. Another was surprised to learn that she didn’t have to share her bed with another person. “Summer camp is a good place for kids to be,” says Sophia’s and Sarah’s mother, Joann. “A positive, safe place. As a single parent on a fixed income, this really helps me. And it gives them the opportunity to have fun, to interact, to learn, and to do things they wouldn’t normally be able to do.”

Sarah puts it a little more simply: “We love coming to Salvation Army summer camp!”

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No Job. Eviction Notice. What About My Family?

Steven and his wife are kind, compassionate, and selfless. Already the parents of a 10-year-old son, they took on a big challenge when they adopted four more children whose parents had been incarcerated. And, blink, they were now the parents of five kids under age 12.

Everything was going well until the day Steven lost his job. Their stable family situation suddenly became unsteady. Steven found another job, but with a big pay cut. They fell behind on bills and payments. Soon, an eviction noticed was taped to the front door.

Steven turned to the one place in town he believed
he could find help: The Salvation Army . . .

Army staff quickly rallied to the family’s side, helping out with new school clothes, coats, and food. They helped Steven get current with rent payments. And they offered plenty of encouragement and hope along the way.

Steven now works two jobs to make ends meet, and though it’s a struggle, they’re managing to live on their own.

“I am grateful for the love and support we found at The Salvation Army,” Steven says. “They kept my family from being forced out on the streets.

“Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army. Because of you, we were able to keep our home and keep our family together.”

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My name is Miranda. I was just 18 when my daughter Janelle was born. As a single mom, I was having a hard time making ends meet and taking care of my little girl. And then things got even worse: I broke my leg in a freak accident, and my employer had no disability coverage.

Unable to work, I fell behind on my rent, utilities, and life in general. Before long, I lost my apartment.

I felt scared, broken, and hopeless when I walked through the door at The Salvation Army. But I could feel the love right away. A caseworker named Amy helped me complete a resume and, within a week, to land a new job. Plus, The Salvation Army provided me with an apartment subsidy for six months.

Amy continued to help us, bringing groceries, books, and toys. She gave us rides to meetings at The Salvation Army, where I found encouragement and fellowship, and where Janelle found friends. Soon, I was not only making it on my own, but flourishing.

I owe my life to The Salvation Army. When we were homeless, I was ready to place Janelle in foster care because I couldn’t take care of her the way I needed to. Now we have a real home of our own. It’s a miracle. Thank you so much!

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