Dear Friends,

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All thanks to the generosity of our supporters, The Salvation Army was able to help the men, women, and children who came to us in need this year. The people we served were diverse, as were the needs they brought to our doorstep. The Salvation Army meets people right where they are, helping them overcome their hardships, impacting their lives. We may have provided something as small as a bag of food or a simpleprayer, or as large as paying a power bill or providing shelter for a family with no home.

In all we do, our focus is making an impact on the community. Our goal is to be firm in our mission while adapting to the changes in the world around us. We see progress every day, made through the efforts of dedicated employees and volunteers, supported by heartfelt gifts from people like you. Thanks to you, we make a positive impact for the people who need it so desperately.

Most of all, we are grateful that our efforts have been blessed by God. Through His grace, we are changing hearts. Through His love, we are healing lives. And through His mercy, we will continue “Doing The Most Good.

Blessings,
Majors Bret and Susan McElroy
Corps Officers

Mike

A Promising Future

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Growing up, Mike describes his childhood as “rather sheltered.” He spent a lot of time at church, playing games with friends after school and reading at home. His passion for books led Mike to aspire to become a writer from a very young age.

After high school, he moved to New York and landed a job writing for a television show. Once that job ended, he was unable to find work and fell in with a tough crowd.

"I made some really bad choices," he explained. "But when I went to jail, I was determined to make changes and do something positive with my life."

After his release, Mike returned home to live with his family. He immediately enrolled in college, began volunteering at various organizations and found a job that enabled him to return living on his own. Mike worked to stretch his small income to coverthe bills but it wasn’t long before he found himself behind on his payments. Luckily, a friend told him about The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army’s crisis assistance program alleviated his current situation and also helped stabilize his finances. Mike was able to purchase his books for school and began a savings plan to better prepare himself for emergency situations.

"My life was headed for a downward spiral again but The Salvation Army never made me feel like a client or a charity case," Mike said. "I am so thankful."

Keyvon

Hope and Opportunity

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Keyvon is a fun-loving eleven year old jokester who loves to make people smile. Unlike most children his age, he likes to keep everything neat and tidy. He even maintains a to-do list for all of the things he wants to complete each day. Watching him with his friends, he seems like a typical, carefree kid. You would never know that his home life is anything but typical.

One of seven kids, Keyvon serves as the mediator among his siblings when they’re home alone. His mother, a single-parent, works full-time with additional third-shift hours to help pay the bills. When The Salvation Army staff started noticing a behavior change in Keyvon’s siblings and mother, they called a family meeting. Keyvon spoke about many of the challenges. Together, the group came up with solutions, one being attending church as a family. A year later, the entire family still attends regularly. Keyvon’s father also joins them on many occasions and is becoming more present with the family.

For Keyvon, The Boys & Girls Club has been a stabilizing influence for more than half of his life. He has formed relationships with positive role models who have helped him with more than just homework. They have taught him important lessons about life and faith that will remain with him for years to come.

Keyvon has made lifelong friendships with the other children at the club. Regardless of the challenges each day might bring, he knows that his friends will always be there.

"I have a lot of friends that I see at the club. During the school year we do homework, have a snack, and then we play some activities. We play things like four corners and board games. It’s a lot of fun."

Kids Keyvon's age have dreams of being the next superstar. He can’t decide whether he would rather be a surgeon or a scientist. While so many children face challenges, the advantages that Keyvon has are a safe place to learn and grow and ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals.

He has the Boys & Girls Club.

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