A Hand Up to Self Sufficiency
Sometimes the laughter of a child is exactly what is needed to make a house a home. That’s what happened when the keys to Lakeshia Boyd’s rental house were turned over to her.
Lakeshia, the mother of two small children, was homeless and, as a last resort, came to The Salvation Army for help. After living in the shelter for a few weeks, a house became available, and it was offered to the family.
The furnished house was perfect for the three-person family, but the best part, according to three-year-old Malaysia, was the back yard with her very own mango tree! As Lakeshia put away food and sundries in her kitchen, she could hear Malaysia laughing and watch her picking up mangos from beneath the huge tree.
“This program speaks to the core of our Social Services mission at The Salvation Army,” commented Shannon Cherizier, director of Social Services for The Salvation Army. “It is giving a homeless family, who has experienced huge hardship, the ability to thrive. Once in the home, we equip the family with the tools for self-sufficiency through classes, education, assistance, and continued case management. Not only does the family benefit, the community does as well. It is truly a blessing for the family and the community.”
The Salvation Army works with local realtors to provide housing and connect the family with other organizations as needed.
Cherizier continued, “We expect to place 60 families into homes within the next 12 months, so anything our community can help with will be greatly appreciated. Some of the furniture and appliances in the houses are supplied by the rental agencies, and what is not provided comes from our Family Thrift Stores. We are giving families a hand up out of poverty, and you can help.”
Donations of money and goods are needed to assist these families who come from The Salvation Army shelter and, therefore, have little or nothing when they are placed in their homes. A list of needed items is to the right.
For information on how you can help, contact us at (239) 278-1551.