Cindy receives hand-up at The Salvation Army’s Family Resource Center

Mar 31, 2022

Recently a woman named Cindy, who had tears in her eyes, came to The Salvation Army Spokane’s Family Resource Center (FRC) to see if she could receive help with her electric bill. Cindy had fallen behind on her payments due to the passing of her mother from a brain aneurism.

She explained how wonderful her mother was, and that they had a close bond. Before she had a chance to get dressed one day for an outing with her mother, Cindy received a call from her father that the love of his life, and her beautiful mother, had passed away.

Cindy was devastated and felt lost for the next few weeks. She helped with some of the expenses of her mother’s funeral, which set her back with her own electric bill.

After looking into the situation, the FRC staff learned that it could pay the remaining balance. The staff also helped Cindy with food, as her cupboards were low. When a member of the FRC staff called Cindy to inform her that the bill had been paid off and that she was eligible for food boxes, she broke down crying and began to thank The Salvation Army for all it did for the community.

During that call, Cindy shared a story about how The Salvation Army ARC in Seattle had helped her with her addiction 10 years ago. It was a lovely encounter and amazing to hear about services provided by The Salvation Army.

In Spokane, The Salvation Army has another recovery program called Celebrate Recovery from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday evenings at the Army’s Spokane campus, 222 E. Indiana Ave.  This is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program for adults, aged 18 and older, struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This is a safe place to find community and freedom from issues controlling your life.

Without generous donors, the FRC program, which includes the Food Bank, would be difficult to operate. Please consider giving a monetary donation to the FRC program to help others facing a challenging time in their lives. In helping other individuals or families in this manner, consider it a hand-up, not a hand-out. For more information, or to give a tax-deductible financial gift, please visit

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