Temporary Shelter, Lasting Impact!

The Salvation Army strives to create lasting change in the lives of those who are served. For Salvation Army founder William Booth, providing struggling individuals with the basic needs such as food and shelter was an opportunity for creating real spiritual impact, and a means for combating the root causes of cyclical poverty and desperation. In fact, The Salvation Army was among the first charities in England to provide work programs and vocational training in addition to food and housing. Because lasting change cannot begin until basic needs are met!

To this day, The Salvation Army provides social services with the end goal of helping individuals once again gain self-sufficiency, independence, and dignity.

CBS News in Milwaukee recently featured a video of the Words family, recent beneficiaries of The Salvation Army’s social services. Never having requested help from The Salvation Army before, Quiana, Christopher and their three children found themselves needing a place to stay once Quiana lost her job in 2011. Living temporarily at The Salvation Army’s shelter allowed the family to be able to save some money and find a new home.

“It gave us a sense of hope,” said Christopher. “It gave us a sense of accomplishment that we could save our money over a couple months and then venture back on our own.”

So when American Signature Inc.’s Million Dollar Furniture campaign began over the summer, The Salvation Army in Milwaukee chose the Words family to be one of the blessed beneficiaries of the company’s wonderful generosity. The family picked out a TV stand, a bean bag chair, an ottoman, and a kitchen table for the family to enjoy.

Now the family is bouncing back financially, and finally enjoying meals together. (Click here to read the article from CBS News.)

The Salvation Army is so thankful for American Signature Inc.’s (ASI) fantastic partnership this summer. If you would like to donate to The Salvation Army to help out families such as this, please visit: www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.