Hope is Priceless

Aug 1, 2018 | by The Salvation Army

The nightmare began when Jane’s car broke down. The mother of four couldn’t afford the repairs. With no other way to get to work, she was laid off from her nursing job. 

Jane rented out a room in her home to help make ends meet. But her renter’s boyfriend turned out to be a gang member. He held them up at gunpoint, forcing them to leave. Jane and her kids became homeless. 

“When I walked into The Salvation Army emergency shelter, I felt like a failure as a mother. I was crying,” says Jane. “I had a suitcase with a couple of changes of clothes for me and my family. That’s all.” 

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide her family with food and clothing. Jane tried to find a new job, but her skills in pediatric nursing didn’t match what employers were looking for. Unable to find work at her level, she had to accept a low-wage job. That’s when Jane realized that, to build a better life for her family, she had to finish her degree. 

“I was getting up at 5 a.m. I wasn’t going to bed until 1 or 2 a.m. because I had to go to work, take my kids to school, do my homework… it was non-stop,” she says. 

Today, Jane has earned her degree and has a job as a school nurse. Her family now lives in their own apartment. Her kids are active in The Salvation Army’s youth programs and they attend church here. In fact, Jane recently got engaged to a member of our congregation! 

Your generosity helps families like hers rebuild their lives. And your impact is immeasurable. As Jane says, “How can you put a price on hope?” 

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