While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while little children go hungry, as they do now, I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight-I'll fight to the very end!"
- William Booth
This quote, from William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, brought Barbra Green to The Salvation Army. Barbra and her new husband moved to Charlotte in 1990 to get a fresh start. She was looking for a part-time job and saw an ad in the paper for a position at the Salvation Army. As she walked into the building for the interview, she saw the above quote on the wall. It really stuck with her, “People just don’t know the need. Your one phone call or your help can really put someone who needs hope in a better place.” Barbra said, the day before she retires.
Barbra was offered and accepted the position of a Resident Advisor at the shelter and 27 years later she sits at her desk with no regrets and still thinking of that William Booth quote. “That really stuck with me, I didn’t plan on sticking with The Salvation Army long, I had planned to grow my daycare. But after reading the quote on the wall I felt this was the place I was supposed to be.
Through the 27 years she has almost done every job at the shelter that you can think of, her current title is, Intake coordinator/supervisor.
“As I moved up, I was able to help people who were dealing with bigger things, So today, after 27 years and helping thousands of people, it’s time for me to go. I have enjoyed the journey.”
“I thank the Salvation Army, God has called them to do work, and they have done their work and they allowed me to help them to complete their calling, and in helping the Army complete their calling, I have completed mine.”
For now she plans to retire, relax and do her own thing. But she does know that a lot of lives have been touched and saved through her 27 years with The Salvation Army.