(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph family is back on their feet after finding themselves homeless in June 2017.
The family of four took shelter at The Salvation Army, where they found the support and resources they needed to get them moving forward.
"There were times I was just scared, and they reassured me 'you're fine, you're okay. As long as you're in these four walls, you're fine,'" Mary Roush, mother of four, said.
Roush checked herself and her kids into The Salvation Army Booth Center in June, where they were soon provided a family room. In early September, Roush left the shelter with a new job and a new home for her family.
"I think I started crying. I really did because it was just so overwhelming," Roush said.
The Salvation Army said it's a great feeling to help families like Roush's get their lives back in order.
"Our goal is to get them into their own home so that they're no longer homeless," Major Abe Tamayo, Salvation Army, said. "Then surround them with our rapid services and support from community members to keep them off the streets and in their home."
The Booth Center has several dormatory style rooms for single persons, and four family style rooms.
Tamayo said the Salvation Army's Booth Center is currently at capacity with the colder seasons seeing more people come in to find warmth.
"I'm the father of two daughters and the grandfather to four granddaughters, and if one of my children were in the Booth Center I ask myself the question 'what would you want her experience to be?' That's the standard we try to set there," Tamayo said.
The Salvation Army kicked off their annual Red Kettle Campaign for the holiday season, which Tamayo said helps raise money for the organization to continue helping those in need.
"We need this community to ride behind us, like they've done all these decades, and help put the Booth Center over the top so we can continue these services for people in the most critical of need," Tamayo said.
Red Kettles are found outside local Walmart stores. Other ways to donate include online at The Salvation Army website, by texting STJOE to 41444 or by sending a check to their location at 602 Messanie Street.
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