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Learn more about the people we serve - and how you can help them win their daily battles.

"The Difference"


Every day, nearly 40 million hardworking Americans live on the brink of survival, striving to keep their children fed, rent paid, and families safe. The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping these folks rise above the poverty line.

The Difference

What’s the difference between going to bed hungry – and going to bed happy?

What’s the difference between the wrong crowd – and the right path?

Between moving out and making rent?

Between helpless and hirable?

What’s the difference between a sister – and a babysitter?

Empty and full?

Scared and safe?

Oftentimes, the difference is simply…you.

Every day, there are nearly 40 million hardworking Americans facing the battles of poverty.

But for just $25 a month, you can double The Salvation Army’s ability to come alongside our neighbors most in need – and help them win.

"Don’t Care: Challenges Faced By The Homeless"

Cold weather, full shelters, and tough breaks show no mercy to the homeless population. But thankfully, good people do. With help from generous donors, The Salvation Army can double its ability to serve those with nowhere to go.

Don't Care/Homelessness

The concrete doesn’t care if it wears holes through those shoes.

The thermometer doesn’t care if the shelter’s full.

Nor does the rain. Or the snow.

Soap doesn’t care if it can’t be found.

And the street doesn’t care a thing about backstories.

Fate doesn’t care if families stay together.

Or if things ever get better.

But thankfully you do.

Every day, thousands battle life on the streets without food, shelter, or hope.

But for just $25 a month, you can double The Salvation Army’s efforts to come alongside our city’s homeless – and help them find the way out.

 

"The Difference: Helping The Homeless"

The way out of homelessness is paved with small victories: gaining secure shelter, learning job skills, and establishing a sense of dignity. The Salvation Army’s programs help those living on the streets achieve these stronger roots.

The Difference/Homelessness

What’s the difference between a backseat – and a bed?

What’s the difference between dinner from a trashcan – and dinner from a plate?

Between dirty…and clean

What’s the difference between asking and earning?

Between the pavement and a pillow?

Shame – and self-respect?

Oftentimes, the difference is simply…you.

Every day, thousands battle life on the streets without food, shelter, or hope.

But for just $25 a month, you can double The Salvation Army’s efforts to come alongside our city’s homeless – and help them find the way out.

"The Fight For Childhood: Emma"

When addiction renders parents unable to care for their families, children often pay the price. By prematurely taking on adult roles, such as caring for siblings, kids can lose the opportunity to experience youth for themselves.

Golie Family

0:14 - Watching my kids get taken from me, just thinking about that time makes me emotional.

0:21 - We definitely hit rock bottom. Caught in the depths of addiction, and we were so wrapped up in it. We weren’t taking care of our kids right.

0:29 - Our CPS worker said if we quit using drugs and get a place to live, they’ll let us slowly have our children back. We worked really hard for it. Like that moment that they came back and had them finally. It was just really happy moment for me.

0:47 - I worried that it affected Emma quite a lot.

0:51 - I had to explain to her it wasn’t because of her, it was because of us.

0:57 - Being a big sister is awesome, because you get to have responsibilities with your little siblings and help them and grow, and they look up to you. It teaches you to do the good things. Just last night, Hayden was crying, I gave him his cuppy and I sang him a song, and I just laid down with him. Sometimes I just do that to him, and he’ll fall asleep.

1:16 - Emelia she’s so smart; she really is.

1:20 - She was happy to come back, but I felt like she held some resentment for the things that we put her through. She’s knows everything that we were doing, which maybe is something that somebody that young shouldn’t know.

1:34 - I’m so proud of my mom and dad because they’ve grown. Now they pay more attention to us instead of paying attention to other things.

"The Fight For Childhood: Rosa’s Family"

Once kids live through the realities of homelessness, everything changes. They can continue to fear for their safety and stability, even after their families find secure housing. This anxiety robs them of a peaceful, "normal" childhood.

Rosa

0:08 - We ended up staying in our car for six days…Nobody had a room for a family with six. We weren’t willing to split up. We weren’t willing to go, “Dad goes in one shelter with a boy, and then I go with the girls. We wanted to stay together. We made a decision to tough it out as a whole. There were a couple of days when we couldn’t shower them or, you know, we didn’t have somewhere to wash clothes so I would just try to baby-wipe them up.

0:34 - I’m thankful we’re not living in the car. Gabby slept in the trunk, Araya slept under the seat, and Emma slept in the other one, and Mom and Dad slept in the front.

0:46 - I didn’t really like waking up in the middle of the night, because whenever I wake up, I stay up. Sometimes I got out of the car just to sit down outside.

0:54 - I don’t think I was really that scared, because I was under the seat and it was covering me. So people couldn’t see me.

1:00 - I had two in counseling, because it’s traumatizing. I had one that had nightmares. They went through the whole getting-bullied phase. They asked, “Why are we homeless?” Having to explain to them why we’re sleeping in the van.

1:14 - They want to take care of me; they want to make sure that I’m okay. “Mom, are you alright? Are we okay? Are we going to have to leave here?” You learn to live differently when you’re homeless. They don’t take things for granted anymore. They just want to make sure that we’re safe.

"Working Hard For Happiness"

Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for families living in poverty. As parents attempt to stretch their (already) limited funds to handle additional holiday expenses, children find themselves wishing they could help.

We Never Give Up

0:12 - I want to make sure that they have food and have the things that they want and need. Christmas was really hard, because we was in the budget suites. I had the couch, and I let my boys have the bedroom, and I was trying to stretch money for the whole month; it’s kind of really hard. The Salvation Army called me and said, “Well, you got approved for the apartment.” I just started crying I was so happy, because it’s been a long time.

0:52 - For Christmas, everything that I always wanted was a house that me and my brothers will grow up in. Just have fun and play. I’m proud of my mom cause she works, like, every day; she is always doing something for me and my brothers. She never gets to sleep in; she’s there to support us and make us better.

1:23 - I wish I was old enough to get a job so that I could give her some money, she could get, like, gas and stuff, to take us to school. We work hard for what we want, and we don’t give up. And we try and try until we succeed.

"A Home For Christmas"

For children living at the poverty line, Christmas wish lists aren’t necessarily filled with toys or gadgets. Instead, many kids simply long for a home with a yard, a bed with pillows, and a room with a nightstand and dresser.

Christmas Wishes

0:17 - For Christmas, everything that I always wanted was a house that me and my brothers would grow up in.

0:25 - Probably a new house or apartment.

0:28 - Yeah, I want a big house to, umm, live with my family.

0:33 - Where we can have that backyard.

0:35 - We would have nice green grass.

0:37 - I just want a regular tree that I can climb.

0:40 - That we would have nice neighbors.

0:42 - I want a dresser, so that way I can put my stuff in there.

0:45 - Probably like a little desk to do my homework on.

0:48 - You know the little mat thing you put inside the tub so it won’t be slippery?

0:53 - A nice bed with Star Wars pillows.

0:54 - Big fluffy, fluffy pillows.

0:58 - A nightstand next to my bed with a lamp on it.

1:03 - Christmas, you know, the giving, he’s got that innocent thing where he’s just grateful for whatever he gets. I got my kid, and my kids got me.

1:11 - We have our clothes and each other.

1:15 - We didn’t have much for Christmas, but we were just happy to be together.

1:20 - Really having our own place, that’s good. The best Christmas ever to me.

"Don't Care"

For those living in poverty, daily battles such as car trouble, past-due bills, and food insecurity are inevitable. But The Salvation Army works year-round to help struggling families face – and overcome – these harsh realities.

Don't Care

The timecard doesn’t care that the car wouldn’t start.

The bills don’t care if the money can’t be found.

And cold doesn’t care that there’s no insulation.

The calendar doesn’t care if there are presents to be opened...

The bus route doesn’t care that it’s a mile from the grocery store.

Hunger doesn’t care that she’s just a little girl...

And pain doesn’t care that it’s just not fair.

But thankfully you do.

Every day, there are nearly 40 million hardworking Americans facing the battles of poverty.

But for just $25 a month, you can double The Salvation Army’s ability to come alongside our neighbors most in need – and help them win.