A Story of Hope

Aug 12, 2023 | by WP / SW

Over 45 individuals have been housed since July of 2022.

“A recent resident who has been housed in March of began staying at The Salvation Army in July of 2022. He is a young man who had some barriers to obtaining housing. When he first arrived, he had a recent felony charge, a poor landlord reference and a lack of rental history, no job or income, and no money saved. He also has some mental health issues. Saving money was a huge obstacle for him. He said he just didn’t know how to save and made a few mistakes along the way.

Unfortunately, he had been denied with public housing and at a couple other properties. Despite these setbacks and his barriers, he never gave up, and persevered. He began to learn his small achievements led to bigger successes. Most importantly, he began to realize his strengths and that he is capable and worthy of success and happiness.

Despite having so many barriers, he persevered, found permanent employment, and eventually saved enough money to pay for his security deposit and first month’s rent. We both kept searching for available rentals and landlords that would approve him. Eventually, we found a wonderful second-chance landlord that approved his application, gave him a chance and an opportunity to prove himself. This former resident is now working full-time, managing his own money, and a proud renter of his very own apartment. He visits to say hello to our staff or volunteer his time.  

One of the greatest joys of working at The Salvation Army is seeing the residents change from when they first arrived at The Salvation Army until they are happy and housed. This is a beautiful process to witness and to be a part of. It begins by giving them hope and helping them realize they are valuable and loved. We help them develop the skills to achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential. Sometimes it’s as if a spark ignites inside them and they finally get it. One small success leads to another—a ripple effect of success, achievement, pride, and joy. They realize they can be successful. Everyone’s journeys are different, and they are never easy or linear, but the beauty lies in the fact that achieving their goals and to end their homelessness is possible.”

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” ~Booker T. Washington

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