The Salvation Army of Asheville & Buncombe County2020 Annual Report
Nights of Shelter
Human Trafficking Survivors Served
Revenue and Expenses
Supported in part by the United Way
The work of The Salvation Army has always been focused on nourishing the spirits and the bodies of those whom we have the privilege to serve. Our founder, General William Booth, once observed, “You cannot warm the hearts of people with God’s love if they have an empty stomach and cold feet.” This holistic approach is fundamental to our service.
Among the people in our community that we interact with every day are those who are most vulnerable to the effects of illnesses like COVID-19. Often those with whom we work have limited access to resources such as health care or personal protective equipment (PPE). Throughout the past year, we have taken seriously the need to modify our approaches while continuing to serve those who need us.
Like you, we are hopeful for the day when these precautions are no longer necessary. Until then, we will continue to do all that we can to serve compassionately and safely.
At an early age, Nicole had been in and out of homeless shelters with her family. When she was only 13 years old, Nicole’s mom married a man who they moved in with. Her stepfather physically and sexually abused Nicole, while her mother ignored the problem. Nicole ran away many times trying to escape her childhood. At 18 years of age, Nicole met a 30-year-old man who flattered her in all the right ways and met her basic needs. After several months of happy dating, her new boyfriend began forcing her to take drugs and sexually exploiting her.
For an entire year, Nicole experienced this abuse, never getting paid, only receiving food and a place to stay. Nicole’s only survival skill was to be agreeable. On one day, however, law enforcement discovered Nicole while running a sting at a local hotel. They realized that she was a victim of human trafficking and contacted The Salvation Army Project FIGHT through the 24-hour hotline.
A case manager from Project FIGHT met Nicole at the hotel. They assessed her immediate needs and were able to provide her with a safe place to stay, new clothes, and food. From there, Nicole and her case manager developed a case plan to help her get back on to her feet.
Through The Salvation Army Project FIGHT case plan, Nicole is now living independently and working full time. She is learning self-confidence while attending therapy to deal with her ongoing trauma. Today, Nicole is a member of her community where others do not know her past. She feels like her dignity has been restored and she now sees a hopeful future.