Peggy's family found help with The Salvation Army

by Brandi Salas

Peggy's family found help with The Salvation Army

by Brandi Salas



Salvation Army volunteer bellringer

Peggy, her husband, and their five children moved to Honolulu from Chuuk a few years ago in search of a better life. Her husband secured a job as a driver for a tour bus company, making $10 an hour. They stayed with Peggy’s sister and brother-in-law until the couple moved to the mainland, leaving Peggy and her family with no place to live.

The family exhausted their finances staying at a Waikiki hotel for a week, and eventually found themselves living in a van. “I was scared. We had never experienced homelessness, and we didn’t know how long we would be in that situation,” Peggy says. She and her husband had to send their four younger children to stay with relatives. “I didn’t want them to be exposed to this,” she continues.

Peggy sought help at a church in Salt Lake, which referred her to The Salvation Army Family Services Office in Honolulu. Through your support, she received rental assistance and a security deposit for an apartment. “It all happened so quickly. I called the office, and they told me to come in. The next day, we received a check for rent. They gave us hope.”

Peggy remembers the day they moved in: “I was so thankful when we received the keys to our apartment, and my family could all be together again.”



“I Bell-Ring Because The Salvation Army Helped My Family"



Today, Peggy volunteers as a Salvation Army bell-ringer to say thank you. “I bell-ring because The Salvation Army helped my family through a scary time. I will do anything for the organization.” Peggy also secured a steady job! “We are so fortunate,” she says. “I pray the money I raise in the Red Kettles brings help to those that were in our situation.”

The Salvation Army case workers continue to work with families like Peggy’s to ensure they are self-sufficient. It is because of friends like you that we helped 604 families with rental or housing assistance across the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands last year. Mahalo for helping us transform lives!


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