27 February 2014

“I love it here,” John said. Previously homeless, John has found a home for himself and his nine-year-old daughter at the E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Center at The Salvation Army in Sacramento.

“This is an opportunity to get back on my feet,” John said. “Here, they help, so that when you go back outside the shelter, you’re ready. You can be self-sufficient.”

Living at the center for 14 months, not only did John take advantage of the center’s vast programs, but he also involved himself to help others in the Transitional Living Center community. During the summer, John volunteered with other residents to build a playground at the center.

“That was the best day ever,” he recalled. “Going out there, doing something for kids was awesome.”

Things are looking up for John. He has a good job and a new home, and he’s back in school.  Though he has transitioned into a new part of his life, John still acknowledges what The Salvation Army did for him and his daughter.

“It meant a lot to me. The deal that The Salvation Army offers you here, you can’t beat. This is the spot to be if you want to do something with your life.”

Find out more about the Transitional Living Center in Sacramento.