When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: LaTonya

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? Need help with my bills at this time. I lost my job, but I’m currently looking.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? Somebody cares about me and my two children.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like LaTonya find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

Our Stories of Recovery series features testimonials from men and women who have benefitted from The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center programs.

When you donate goods (clothing, accessories, appliances, furniture, etc.) to The Salvation Army’s Family Stores, you are funding programs that help people struggling with addiction to find the road to recovery.

This is John’s Story:

My name is John D. Epps and I was born in Zion, IL. Due to my drug addiction, most of my family didn’t think I would reach my current age of 55.

At the age of 20, I had a son on the way and was smoking crack cocaine. For the next three decades, my life was up and down. I routinely found myself in jail and jumping from job to job. I would sleep all day and run the streets all night. On one occasion my mother called me a “crackhead”; something that was certainly true; but hurt to hear my mother say it. Several years later, my mother apologized for calling me a “crackhead”. During this conversation I asked her to pray for me. She replied that she has never stopped praying for me. This was the start of a new beginning for me.

I found the Waukegan ARC and completed the program six months later. While at the Waukegan ARC, I received my GED. I learned a lot in the program, including the importance of getting up, suiting up, and showing up. I graduated from the program and stayed clean for two and a half years. I went to work for a temp service with the philosophy of getting up, suiting up, and showing up. I was directly hired by the company I was working for; however, this was the beginning of the end for me, again. After having a significant amount of cash in my pocket again, I felt like I no longer needed meetings, God, or Church. I began to lean on my understanding and the day quickly came when I was back on the streets. I was back in the same misery, drinking alcohol and smoking crack cocaine.

After having a taste of sober living, I wanted it back. This time I went to the Milwaukee ARC. Since then, God has restored relationships with my family and friends. 4 years and 23 days ago today, I graduated from the Milwaukee ARC and became the Resident Manager. I thank God for The Salvation Army and the countless people who have assisted me along the way.

 

Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center programs, or to schedule a donation pick-up: http://suncoastarea.satruck.org/

 

Click here to MAKE A GIFT TODAY to help people in need!

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: Doreen

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? I need assistance to pay my electric bill which will be shut off soon.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? Everything. I don’t know what I would do otherwise.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Doreen find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: Tamika

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? I heard they’re really helpful and helps you in your time of need.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? It means that someone out there really cares about you.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Tamika find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

Our Stories of Recovery series features testimonials from men and women who have benefitted from The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center programs.

When you donate goods (clothing, accessories, appliances, furniture, etc.) to The Salvation Army’s Family Stores, you are funding programs that help people struggling with addiction to find the road to recovery.

 

This is Antoni’s Story:

I grew up in the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago. It was the exposure of drugs, alcohol, and violence that shaped a false identity for me. Drugs and alcohol served as a veil to the reality of a lost society, with two options for an African-American male in the inner city of Chicago; prison or death. At 15 years of age, I was a full blown addict with little hope or desire.

By the age of 19, drugs and alcohol were my only motivation and violence as a source of control. At 19 years old, I found myself serving a 25 year prison sentence.

While in prison, I shared a cell with a man whose sentence was death. While awaiting his execution, he often shared his relationship with Christ to me. After more than five years in my cell, his

day of execution had arrived. I expected him to plead for his life, but instead he handed me his bible and said “… I’ll see you later.”

Six years later I was released from prison. I wanted a different life for myself, but the only thing I knew were the streets. I lived the “street life” for the next eight years. In 2009 I was living in an abandoned basement in Milwaukee and knew I needed help.

After a two week drug binge, I was at my lowest point when I thought of my cell mate. I walked out of the abandoned basement with my cell mate’s bible. When I got outside, I found two guys talking about the Adult Rehabilitation Center. I learned it was about 10 miles away and immediately began walking.

After graduating from The Salvation Army ARC Program, I was hired as the Resident Manager. In 2011 was promoted to the Warehouse Manager’s position. I love working at the Adult Rehabilitation Center because I can do God’ work. Each and every day, I can help men understand the identity that Christ called for them. Daily I thank God for bringing me out of the “madness.”

Today I am a husband and father, but more importantly, I am a child of God.

 

Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center programs, or to schedule a donation pick-up: http://suncoastarea.satruck.org/

Click here to MAKE A GIFT TODAY to help people in need!

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: Michael

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? Electricity bill is past due.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? That in a time of uncertain circumstances, there is hope and reassurance of being able to progress forward as a productive human being.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Michael find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

Our Stories of Recovery series features testimonials from men and women who have benefitted from The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center programs.

When you donate goods (clothing, accessories, appliances, furniture, etc.) to The Salvation Army’s Family Stores, you are funding programs that help people struggling with addiction to find the road to recovery.

 

This is Alonzo’s Story:

I entered the Adult Rehabilitation Center in February because, after four years of being clean and sober, I relapsed!  I owed a drug debt and I was close to losing my housing and needed to get myself back together.

Many changes have occurred since coming here!   I think the biggest change has been my attitude.  I no longer feel isolated and lonely.  I am working on a closer relationship with God.  In addition to being clean and sober, I am cigarette free!  I am starting to take care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  I’m eating better and am exercising on a regular basis.

With my counselor, I have been able to discover and bring to light new feelings about myself.  When I look in the mirror, I see a different person.  I see one who has a renewed motivation for life and sense a strong purpose for my future.  I have a renewed relationship with my son, maintained my home I’m steadily bringing down my debt.  My time here at the Adult Rehabilitation Center has been well spent and I see a bright future ahead.  I learned from my relapse, and have the tools necessary and in place to use when needed.

I am a grateful person in recovery!

 

Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center programs, or to schedule a donation pick-up: http://suncoastarea.satruck.org/

 

Click here to MAKE A GIFT TODAY to help people in need!

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: Gloria

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? I got behind in paying my light bill due to having to get a bed to sleep on. I have no family assistance. I have several health issues that kept me in the hospital and not able to work to add extra income.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? That my son and I can live in our home with electricity and be able to cook and use our medical machines. We are very grateful to be able to get help.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Gloria find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: Joey

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? My electric is off and has been for 10 days. Without lights, my son and I have been using a flashlight, taking cold showers and I have had to buy him small meals so that he can at least eat dinner since the stove doesn’t work.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? I will be able to feed my son and give him a warm shower. It will give us a better feeling knowing that we can have a good, warm dinner at home.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Joey find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: April

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? My son is sick and I’ve had to be home with him, and now need help with some bills.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? It means the world to me because it will help me get my family back on our feet so we can level out and become stable.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like April find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.