Impact in the Northwest
Day in and day out, The Salvation Army Northwest Division is working hard to help neighbors become, and stay, housed. We focus on each person’s and family’s individualized barriers to address the roots of their struggles. It is our mission to stand by their side during each phase along their journey. Here are just a few examples of the services provided:
Love Beyond Homelessness
Like many others whose lives collapse into homelessness in the blink of an eye, Jake and Ashlie’s path had been marked with periods of loss and hardship while struggling to make ends meet and maintain long-term stability for their family.
“My mom struggled with mental illness her whole life, and when she was in a good place, I had a home. But it was always unpredictable; I never knew when the next meltdown would happen,” Jake observed.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
403,089 nights of safe shelter provided to our homeless neighbors
1,159,919 meals served to those in need
4,259 families received utility assistance to stay safe and warm in their homes
4,057 families received eviction prevention assistance to stay in their homes
Jake hopped freight trains and worked fishing boats in Alaska. He started using when he was in his teens and crossed over into hard-core addiction by the time he was eighteen. Ashlie already had kids when they met, and eventually, they added little Dmitriy to their household. “We got a house together but eventually lost it due to our inability to fully escape our meth use. We moved in with my parents and felt we were making progress until my mom had another episode and kicked us out. Then, our car got wrecked in an accident and we were homeless overnight.”
Desperate to keep their little family together and Dmitriy safe, they turned to the few area shelters that accepted families before finally finding the Jarvie
“The difference in our life now is still hard for us to believe. Honestly, we didn’t feel like we were considered humans in other places we reached out to for help. It’s so hard to maintain any sense of hope when you become homeless, and being treated like you are inferior because you have lost everything makes it worse.”
Now, their lives are stable and safewith three meals a day for Dmitriy and good job prospects for Jake. They marvel at the dignity and respect they receive from the Army. “Everyone here is amazing, and for the first time in ages, we feel like we will be ok. They treat us like humans and help us have hope for a good life.”