“…She had been left to raise their four children, with no family that was able to help…”

The father of a two-parent family suddenly caught pneumonia. He just continued to get sicker and
sicker and then passed away. He was the bread winner of the home and his wife did not work since high
school. She had been left to raise their four children, with no family that was able to help. They arrived at
our homeless shelter right after Thanksgiving and we had a room available for them to stay. The
children were able to go to same area school and be bussed from our shelter to school. The mother got a
full- time job within a month and signed up with our Homeless Prevention Program and we found her
an apartment to fit their income budget. We signed the family up for our Christmas Angel Tree and
the children received gifts. We were able to get their first month’s rent paid and their deposit. We
gave them food from our pantry, some start up furniture and household items. The family continues
to use our services.

-The Salvation Army Belmont County