On any given day, there are around 6,000 homeless men, women and children living in Indiana. While many are able to find shelters or temporary housing, one of the biggest challenges that they face is lack of transportation. This is a barrier to getting job training, applying for social services, and finding employment. For one Salvation Army client, it almost cost her the chance to get her life back on track.

Grace was homeless, but she was fighting to find full-time work and get back into an apartment. Her long search finally paid off and Grace was looking forward to starting a new job. The one obstacle she faced was transportation to her new place of employment. While Grace owned a car, she could not yet afford to fill the tank.

The Salvation Army’s local representative, Neil Elkins, learned of Grace’s situation when she visited the TRI-CAP offices in Jasper, Indiana. He was able to use Salvation Army funds fill Grace’s gas tank and get her started at her new job. Grace began to save money and Neil continued to work with her and a local housing authority to get her into her own apartment.

Thanks to the support of donors in Jasper County, Grace is on the path to a better life. She is still employed full-time and enjoying financial freedom for the first time in many years, and all because of the simple blessing of a tank of gas.