The Salvation Army’s promise of “Doing the Most Good” is embodied at it’s Social Service Center through support programs, classes and devotions. The center offers classes in life skills including budgeting, anger management, parenting and nutrition. In addition to being a safe haven for victims of domestic violence, the center also opens its doors to homeless individuals seeking assistance if space permits.
Hundreds of women come through the doors of the center each year and hundreds of lives are changed. Here are three stories of how The Salvation Army is changing live in Indianapolis.
A hurricane evacuee, Cheyenne left New Orleans by helicopter after suffering multiple strokes and seizures and arrived in Indianapolis unable to walk, talk, read or write. Through the staff of at The Salvation Army Social Service Center of Central Indianapolis, she has now regained all her motor skills, nearly doubled her weight from 77lbs to 135lbs, and most importantly holds a renewed sense of self worth as the self proclaimed “Salvation Army’s Next Top Model.”
“I would probably be dead now. I had no family, no friends. Only The Salvation Army would open their doors,” said Cheyenne.
After being aided by the Salvation army for over two years, it is time for Cheyenne to go off on her own. Now enrolled in college, she hopes to have an impact on people that were once in need of help as she was.
“I’m exiting Friday, but I will be back to uplift the women in the domestic violence class and all my clothes will be recycled in the Sally Shop.”
After suffering many years of mistreatment and conspiring a detailed plan to leave, Sheila found refuge from her husband’s abuse at The Salvation Army social service center.
“When I walked in, it opened a whole new door I thought was closed,” said Sheila. “I knew once I was inside those doors, I was safe.”
This was Sheila’s second trip to The Army. The first time, she returned to the abuse. Now six month’s strong on the road to rebuilding her life, there’s no turning back.
“When I got here, I was stripped to nothing. I’ve gained so much confidence,” said Sheila. “There is a lot of love here and you can feel it.”
The Salvation Army offered Sheila the chance to start her life again providing legal advice and domestic abuse counseling, however Sheila felt the most important part was the spiritual healing she received.
“No one here is afraid to mention the spiritual. That’s the healing and that’s what’s at the base of The Salvation Army,” said Sheila. “With God’s help, I know there’s something waiting for me.”
Time ran out for Maria when she turned 18 and aged out of foster care. With no family, money, life skills or diploma, she turned to The Salvation Army social service center. Through the help of caring staff members and a mentoring roommate, Maria now sees that time has not run out, its really just a new beginning.