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‘There are people in this area that care’: Salvation Army of Waterloo helping families in crisis

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We've all had a time in our lives where we've faced a crisis. Maybe, it's losing a job or struggling to make ends meet.

That's where the Salvation Army comes in to help.

A DIFFICULT JOURNEY

About six months ago, Rebecca Redfearn didn't have a job or a place to sleep. She said she was in a low place after becoming homeless for the second time in her life.

"I ended up putting myself back into that situation due to some unfortunate events I was choosing to do in my life," she explained.

Redfearn knew it was time for a big change in her life – a change that would not have been possible without the Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls.

"I honestly don't think I would be where I am at this moment in my life if it wasn't for Salvation Army," she said.

LEANING ON OTHERS FOR HELP

This May, the Waterloo resident turned to Salvation Army's Women and Children's Shelter on South Hackett Road to get immediate assistance.

"It really showed me that there are people in this area that care – that really care for you," she said.

Redfearn connected with Regina Lambrecht, who's a Pathway of Hope coordinator and also works in the organization's emergency services. Both programs are helping families in crisis.

"It could be a gas voucher to get to work. It could be bus passes, it could be emergency food," Lambrecht explained.

Other times, it's helping people with job training or connecting them with mental health services.

"We don't want to sit there and enable them to continue the pattern they've had in their past," Lambrecht explained.

Pathway of Hope provides services to families with children so they can become self-sufficient. The initiative helps individuals overcome barriers to employment, housing or education.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

While Redfearn's path to success wasn't easy, she worked with Lambrecht to create goals and establish accountability.

Today, she has a stable job and her own apartment – big accomplishments made possible with determination and a little help along the way.

"Just because I may have some mishaps in life, there's people to help no matter what, and I'm okay with that," she said.

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SALVATION ARMY OF WATERLOO/CEDAR FALLS

PATHWAY OF HOPE

WAYS TO GIVE

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