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."