How Kaila Found Her Calling at The Salvation Army

Kaila Silva is not your ordinary young woman, but like others, she enjoys going to school and surfing the internet. “When I am not at work or school, I enjoy listening to classic rock music like AC/DC,” said Kaila, 24.

Kaila suffers from cerebral palsy and has had to use a wheelchair since she was 3 years old. Her electrical chair helps her get around and makes life a little bit easier for her. Kaila’s  wheelchair is the best gift she has received. “I no longer have to rely on other people to help me get around. I  enjoy the mobility and independence it provides me,” she said.

Kaila works three times a week at The Salvation Army administration building in Harlingen. She greets people coming in and provides assistance and information by answering phones.

“When people call, I tell them all the documents they need to bring to qualify for help,” Kaila said. “I really like this job because I get to help people and that is what I like to do.”

Kaila said her disability limits her in helping people, but believes she has found her calling at The Salvation Army.

“We’ve been pleased to be able to help Ms. Silva through many of the challenging times in her life,” said Major Ernest Lozano, who currently works with Kaila.  “When she moved to Harlingen without many resources she was able to receive household items to help her and her family establish their new home.”

Kaila’s calling is an immense help to The Salvation Army in Harlingen and they hope she continues to be a part of their ministry. “This has been my only job,” Kaila said. “I get to interact with different types of people and I’ve learned there are different situations for everyone. Being here helps me a lot.”

This story, by Raul Garcia, is reprinted with permission from the Valley Morning Star in Harlingen.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.