Nowhere to Go
The Army helps a single mom
In January 2011, Carolyn Sykes gave birth to a beautiful boy, her first child.
A few months later, Sykes made the difficult decision to leave an unhealthy family situation. As a result, she and her baby had nowhere to call home.
Two years prior, she had submitted a Section 8 housing assistance application, but she was still waiting for a response from the city.
After exhausting all other options, Sykes came to the Salvation Army’s Central Kentucky Area Services for assistance.
“I had driven by that building so many times,” Carolyn says. “I finally decided it was time to swallow my pride and ask for help.”
Sykes received the housing support she needed and now lives with her son in an apartment. She credits The Salvation Army for keeping her safe and warm during her transition. She says that God has shown her that she is “not alone in a tough situation.” To other people who are facing difficulty, she says, “Don’t give up, don’t lose your faith. All you need is [faith] the size of a mustard seed and God will get you through.”
Three years later, Carolyn was working full time and making huge strides towards self–sufficiency. She was looking forward to the day when she could serve other people both financially and as a volunteer.
Last year, Sykes returned to The Salvation Army as a client through our Angel Tree Program, hoping to make Christmas special for her 3–year–old son.
“It’s not about the gifts,” she says. “It’s about letting my son experience the joy of the season, and I couldn’t do that without the help of The Salvation Army.”
In 2014, 5,296 children received gifts because of the generous donors who supported the Angel Tree program run by Central Kentucky Area Services. According to Major Thomas L. Hinzman, area coordinator, more than 40 local businesses led the way by sponsoring toy drives, hosting an in–house Angel Tree program, and by adopting a family for Christmas.
by Melissa Childs
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