Below is a testimonial from one of our clients.
When I arrived at The Salvation Army on November 17 with my then six-year-old and one-month-old sons, I was severely defeated and broken and had no clue what I was going to do or how I was going to be the best mother to my boys. I became homeless after leaving a horrible situation; I was being trafficked and abused daily. I decided I needed to give my boys a better life and spent every dollar I had on hotels. After a year, I finally went to a different shelter, where they made me leave after giving birth to my baby because of the medication I had to take to stay off of illegal substances. When I got to The Salvation Army it was White Flag season and they didn’t have any room in the program. We would stay at night and the weekends but leave in the day. I was really worried about what would happen when white flag was no longer an option. Luckily, I got into the program after about two weeks. The Salvation Army made me feel so welcomed. During my stay, my counselor would help me achieve the goals I needed to in order to get back on my feet and maintain a legal, healthy lifestyle for me and my children. If I needed things, they would provide almost everything from personal needs, to clothes, diapers, wipes, shoes, and bus passes which were all very necessary in the beginning since I had nothing. They offered an arrangement of classes to help better myself such as parenting classes, financial literacy, relationship, personal growth, and many others. I took advantage of every class possible and am so grateful for everything given in those groups. I was able to build relationships with women going through similar situations as well. Every holiday the staff and monitors would give the children gifts, treats, and have little get-togethers. We would have bingo nights, children’s groups and other events and it really made my stay there so much better. I moved out of The Salvation Army October 22, 2020 and it was a bittersweet day filled with many emotions. Was I ready to go and succeed? I grew very close with a lot of the staff members as they treated my family and me with a lot of respect and dignity. No one treated me as less than a person because of what I was going through as so many people often did when they found out where I was staying. I can truly say that being at The Salvation Army has made me such a better woman and mother. Everyone there pushed and encouraged me to do and be better. In my time there I went from being trafficked and having nothing to getting my GED, becoming a manger at a non-profit business and having my own apartment. For me personally, Ms. Jeanette and Mr. Stephen have been God sent for me and have helped push me and molded me into who I am today. I really am so grateful for everything they and The Salvation Army has done for my family. This program works if you want it to and I wanted it badly!! Thank you so much for this opportunity to help me change my life!!!
The Salvation Army of Wake County strives daily to help those in the community who are struggling get back on their feet. You can help us, help them. Consider making a donation because it takes an army