Effecting Positive Change for Those Who Need Us the Very Most!
A Client's Perspective:
"2012 is off to a great start, now I can volunteer my time to help others."
Nolan has experienced some wonderful changes in his life. Once a beneficiary of our programs, he has now become the helping hand.
He came to The Salvation Army nearly a decade ago when he was struggling with addiction to alcohol and drugs. A Case Manager placed him in our Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC). The inpatient work-therapy program gave Nolan the tools he needed to "find freedom from addiction and develop a deeper faith."
He has been clean for 9 years.
Nolan became a valued, full time staff member at the ARC where he ran the kitchen for 6 years. Then his health declined. He could no longer work and moved in with a family member until his savings were depleted.
When Nolan ran out of money and options, The Salvation Army welcomed him.
Over the course of his 7 months in our Shelter, a Case Manager helped him with the process so he may receive disability benefits.
Recently he secured an apartment and he is employed part time again. He still prioritizes volunteering and providing emotional and spiritual encouragement for those currently living in the shelter.
A Donor's Perspective:
When Norman and Vicky decide to give, it is aresponse to a calling.
"We do good because that is the way our savior wants us to be. It takes courage to do the right thing. If we all did our part, we would help more people."
This passion runs through their family and business.
Their daughter, a nurse, one of six children, travels the country to help triage in places where the supply of nurses may not meet the need for tending to injured or ill children.
The Bear Pot, family owned and operated, is not just a wonderful shop with gifts and home décor, it is also a ministry.
Guests are welcome to pray with the owners, share their stories or be spiritually inspired by the ambiance.
"We are here for a purpose. I know when I give to The Salvation Army, most of those resources directly help people. I don't need anything else in return. The Lord is my Sheppard, I shall not want."
"May He make me a vessel useable. There is no shortage of God's mercy or His love. As we've experienced grace, we've learned to live rightly and we've grown in our relationship with Him. That is what the journey is all about."
If you would like to contribute, you can do so online here, or by calling (804) 591-3816.