GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — When you hear the bells and see the Red Kettles this holiday season, you might not realize that your donations are helping people in our communities on a pathway to hope.
Issa came from a rough upbringing. She became ward of the state at the age of 14. She was in and out of foster care homes before ending up homeless. Issa slept in dumpsters and even lived off dog food.
Fortunately Issa came across the Salvation Army in Kalamazoo, which helped her get back on her feet and on a new path.
The Salvation Army in Kalamazoo and one of its many programs, Pathway to Hope, helps families transition from a crisis to self-sufficiency. The organization partners experienced case managers with families to give a personalized plan to rebound.
Issa was able to regain hope and start getting back on to track to help support her two children, who each struggle with disabilities.
“I want my children to see that despite your situation and the resources you have, you can still make a life for yourself,” Issa said.
Thanks to your donations to the Red Kettles, programs like Pathway of Hope are able to help families like Issa’s. Even though the Red Kettles are only visible during the holiday season, the funds raised go to help the Salvation Army Programs all yearlong.