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Salvation Army Supporter Helps Build Playground for Homeless Children

Salvation Army supporter in Jacksonville, Florida brightens lives By: Antoinette Vitale
Richard Stetina has fond memories of going to parks as a child. He still can recall every detail of the ones that are most special to him. When he took a tour of The Salvation Army’s Towers Center of Hope and the Red Shield Lodge shelter for women and families, the playground made an impression on him – but not for the right reasons.
It was old, in disrepair and clearly in need of some love. After he went home, the playground kept coming up in his mind. Finally, he decided that he needed to do something about it.
“I went home, and I guess it was two or three days before I started thinking about it again,” Stetina said. “And I thought, you know, I could so something that would be better. I made my proposal, it was accepted, and here we are today.”
Stetina could have just written a check and felt good about the difference he made. But he isn’t that kind of fellow. He researched the best playground..

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The Salvation Army Helps Family Find Stability and Hope

Pathway of Hope helps Texas family find stability and hope for future The family was homeless: Brian was living in a car with the three boys while Hannah was staying elsewhere. There just wasn’t space for all of them to be together. Dealing with ongoing health issues, Brian was unable to work consistently, so Hannah had to be available to look after him and the children. They were without hope and couldn’t see a way out of their situation.
The Salvation Army in Lewisville, Texas, received a referral for the family from Grace Like Rain, another ministry in the Dallas area. Both organizations have been involved with the family since then.
“The Salvation Army was able to help right away,” Hannah said.
Christy Daniel, their Salvation Army case manager, developed a personalized action plan and meets with them regularly. “They were an ideal fit for Pathway of Hope, a nationwide Salvation Army initiative that assists families, ultimately helping them to be self-sufficient,” Daniel said.
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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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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 […]