Did you know that the ministry of The Salvation Army touches every zip code in the Lone Star state? Isn’t that incredible? The majority of those touch points are made possible by committed volunteers who operate centers in small towns throughout rural areas of the state.
As Thanksgiving approached Chevon Andrews and her five children, ages 1 to 8, checked into The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Tyler.
The family encountered sublease problems, which forced them to move out of their home.
“I was trying to avoid going to the shelter,” Chevon, 34, said. “I thought I could handle it on my own and just move into a hotel. A friend of mine said The Salvation Army could help me get into a house.”
The family was placed in the Rapid Rehousing Program under a case manager they were required to meet with once a week. The goal of the Rapid Rehousing Program is to get people out of the shelter in 30 days. Many times it is a challenge to achieve that, but not for Chevon.
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.
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Fareed Hassen was born in 1930 and raised in Stamford, Texas, a city of about 3,000 people located north of Abilene.
Over the years he has served on many boards and supported many agencies in the community including the School Board, Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Industrial Foundation, Development Corporation of Stamford, Methodist Church, Rotary Club, and the United Way to name a few. In Abilene, he has served more than 25 years on the Board of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of the Big Country.
A model of faithfulness and commitment, Fareed has been responsible to compassionately administer Salvation Army assistance through the Stamford Service Unit for more than 55 years.