The Salvation Army Waynesville Mountain Mission2020 Annual Report
Holiday Households 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.
Cathy was eager to join our Bell Ringing Team. A single mom looking to support her 2-year-old daughter, she was also 6 months pregnant and felt alone.
Stress caused her to be hospitalized, nearly having a miscarriage, and she was unable to return to bell ringing.
Her boyfriend, the father of her children, had not been reliable in support. She was doing everything she could to support her daughter and soon-to-be-delivered son.
A month later, her daughter needed to have emergency surgery. The stress of the bills, her daughter’s health, the pregnancy, and the boyfriend's situation was putting a great strain on her own health.
When Cathy delivered her son, she sent pictures from the delivery room. She was so excited and was believing her little family would be happy and healthy. Her boyfriend had been working little jobs and assured her that he was paying the bills. But that was not the case. Suddenly she found her electricity was to be disconnected and with nowhere else to turn, came to The Salvation Army for assistance.
After conversation and prayer, the process to get her the help she desperately needed began. We were able to provide funds to help keep her power on and provided some much-needed food and clothing. “I can’t believe you would spend time listening to my story and even praying with me,” Cathy stated as we completed her paperwork.
Tears flowed as we helped her to her car with the food box, baby in her arms, daughter at her side. She is a good mom who loves her children so much. “Now I am sure I can handle whatever comes my way. Thank you for making me feel significant and not just a number.”