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Through love and acceptance, Florida man finds hope for the future

Love and acceptance helps Florida man reconnect with hope Just a few months ago, Ray Kinder could not imagine being clean, being out of jail, being hopeful. When you look at Kinder today, you could not, for one minute, imagine him being anything but.
Kinder grew up in a church-going family, but all was not right. His father was a career criminal, coming and going from prison. When his father was not in jail, he was abusing his mother and modeling the alcoholic lifestyle. He eventually ended up with a life sentence for armed robbery. People would speak over Kinder that he would be just like his dad. It had its effects.
Kinder was in juvenile detention 12 times. He got addicted to drugs in middle school and continued to make bad choices for the next two and a half decades. He was in jail, some maximum-security ones, 23 times. Each jail time was just a pause from his crack addiction, and the pause button would be reset when he got out.
“My reality was too hard to take,” he said. “I kne..

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A Second Chance at Hope: Hannah’s Story

Unemployed, on probation, and without transportation, Hannah and her new baby came into The Salvation Army’s transitional housing program to avoid being homeless. Over the course of eight months, The Salvation Army’s case managers helped Hannah find employment, obtain stable childcare, pay probation fees, file for child support, and pay past-due utility bills. Though her […]

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Service Back to Full Capacity for Daytona Beach Salvation Army Following Hurricane Damage

When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in 2016, The Salvation Army of Daytona Beach, Florida, sustained damage to its Center of Hope, specifically in the form of roof issues and broken windows. With that said, the structure managed to escape without catastrophic impairment. The arrival of Hurricane Irma in September 2017, however, did cause significant problems. […]

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Breaking the Chains of Poverty: Sharonda’s Story

Sharonda Mobley came to The Salvation Army after leaving an abusive relationship; she and her two young children were living in a domestic violence shelter. Thanks to The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative, Mobley and her family are now self-supporting, and she’s well on her way to becoming an independent businesswoman. “They showed me […]

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The Salvation Army Correctional Services: A Second Chance

Since 1975, The Salvation Army has provided various programs in the state of Florida to assist people who have found themselves involved in the criminal justice system. In partnership with governmental agencies, The Salvation Army provides cost-effective alternatives to public-operated community corrections services. Offenders have additional hurdles to overcome in attempting to become contributing members […]

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Shelter Employee Teaches Residents the Psychology Behind Addiction

Edwyn Hector has worked for The Salvation Army for six years. By Abagail Courtney – In the U.S. Marine Corps, semper fidelis, or “always faithful,” signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for each other and their country, even after leaving service. For Edwyn Hector, that couldn’t be more fitting. Though he’s now […]

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Orville’s Story | Adam’s Place

Orville’s StoryAdam's Place | A Path to Transitional Change           Orville was a talented musician and teacher with a steady income and a wonderful home and family. When his beautiful wife passed away, he fell into a deep depression.           Orville eventually lost everything and was homeless [...]
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Financial Education in Florida

The Salvation Army offering Financial Education in FloridaBy: Brad Rowland From coast to coast, millions operate with financial uncertainty, and The Salvation Army often steps into the gap to aid those in need. In Tarpon Springs, Florida, an educational initiative exists to do just that in the “Money Smart” class. Curriculum for the class stems [...]
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Jail Diversion Shelter to Open in Ft. Pierce

Jail Diversion Shelter to Open in Ft. Pierce In January 2019, Adam’s Place, a jail diversion shelter that will house homeless men (including homeless veterans) will be dedicated in Fort Pierce, Florida, the culmination of more than three and half years of tireless effort by many dedicated staff and supporters. The concept was first proposed [...]
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Brewing Hope: James

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking food, shelter, or 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 […]