With help from The Salvation Army Family Resource Center, life for single mother improves

Feb 24, 2022

When her husband passed away a few years ago, it devastated Cindy. Besides losing the love of her life, Cindy was now a single parent to three young children, and responsible for a mortgage.

This new life overwhelmed Cindy, and she soon found herself in the throes of drugs. As a result, this single mother not only lost her home but also her children.

In early 2020, Cindy made a conscious decision to get clean and check herself into treatment. She didn’t like who she had become and knew that her husband wouldn’t want their family to end up as a tragic story.

While in rehab, Cindy began to fight for the custody of her children. However, she didn’t know if she would ever get them back because of her situation. This made Cindy work even harder in rehab. After successfully completing her program, Cindy was reunited with her children!   

Thanks to having some money in a savings account, Cindy found housing for her and her children. However, after a couple months, this single mother realized her finances wouldn’t cover all the monthly costs.

Cindy was faced with paying the rent or having enough groceries for her family. Rather than becoming homeless, Cindy paid the rent, which meant that she and her children were eating only one meal a day. She knew something had to change, but how?

Cindy turned to The Salvation Army’s Family Resource Center in Spokane. It was learned in a conversation with the staff that this single mother had a job interview for a better-paying position. Cindy not only received enough groceries to last a few weeks, but also a clothing voucher to The Salvation Army Thrift Store to help with the job interview.  

After a couple of weeks, Cindy came back to the Family Resource Center and shared that she had received the new job.  Life was looking brighter! Cindy thanked our staff for the help and kindness she received during a difficult time in her life.

It is through the generosity of donors that The Salvation Army can help give a hand-up to local vulnerable families like Cindy and her little ones. To make a donation, please visit www.makingspokanebetter.org. For more information, call 509-325-6810.

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