Fulfilling a Dream

Finding a balance between work and family is difficult enough, but when the pursuit of a degree is added into the mix, even the hardest-working parents out there may need a little extra help. For one southern Indiana mom, it was her local Salvation Army that stepped up with much-needed support when her family needed it the most.

Jennifer was close to giving up on her dream of becoming a nurse. While her coursework at Ivy Tech in Evansville was going well, her family’s budget could no longer handle the extra expense of tuition and travel to and from classes. That was when a friend suggested that Jennifer meet with her local Salvation Army representative, Beth Russell, to find out if help might be available.

It didn’t take long for Beth to find resources that would help Jennifer buy groceries and gas, freeing up the money needed to complete her degree. Within a few months, Jennifer was able to graduate and attain her dream job as a nurse at a local hospital. Her husband works part time to take care of their eight-year-old son while Jennifer puts her new training to the test, but the family is no longer in need of assistance from The Salvation Army.

“I ran into her the other day,” Beth shares, smiling as she remembers Jennifer’s excitement. “She told me, ‘I can go to the grocery store and buy what I want, instead of counting pennies to get just what I need.’ It was great to see her so happy!”

For so many families just like Jennifer’s, a little help during difficult times can result in big changes that last for years. On behalf of all those to whom your donations have meant so much, thank you!