San Antonio – “It’s a complete joy,” Christine Gamino said of her life in a Salvation Army family shelter.
She and her husband, Robert Zeller, are here. They lived in Fresno, California and suffered from stimulant and alcoholism. But after having the eldest son, they knew they had to change themselves.
“We were suffering from addiction, but that’s the history and it wasn’t acceptable to have children, so we wanted to get up and start elsewhere,” says Christine. I did.
Robert eventually got a job as a granite manufacturer in San Antonio, but they could only afford to live on a long stay. Christine said it was too expensive and the temptation of previous addiction made the environment difficult, so she called the Salvation Army.
“I came across the Salvation Army, and the same day I saw, I called, and they said,’Come in,'” Christine said.
She and her husband have been staying in the Salvation Army family shelter dormitory room with their two sons (4 years old Akai and 2 years old Cayden) since January. She is five months pregnant with her first girl and wants to save enough money to give birth by September, before her baby is born.
“This is the happiest thing I can honestly say I’ve ever been to in my life,” Christine said. “It is such a blessing to take all this opportunity to be here, and to leave such ugliness from where we once lived.”
She knows this is because of the programs, support, food, and warm beds she received at the Salvation Army family shelter … her family is finally off to a new start. Let’s do it.
“That happiness is something I want to keep and I don’t want to let go,” Christine said. “I’ve come this far and have given all this opportunity as it is. We are just getting started.”
Christine wants other struggling people to know that they shouldn’t be ashamed to reach out to shelters and programs like the Salvation Army.
“If you don’t do that jump, that step, you don’t know how far it can take you, so take that help.”
Next week is the National Salvation Army Week from May 10th to May 14th.
It will serve as the second-largest nonprofit fundraising activity of the year after the annual Red Kettle Campaign, hoping to raise $ 250,000 in San Antonio.
On Thursday, May 13, the Salvation Army of San Antonio will hold a telephone bank from 7 am to 7 pm. Each donation helps nonprofits continue their mission to serve the community. If you would like to make a donation at a telephone bank, please call 210-598-7921.
For more information on how to donate, please visit the KSAT Community section.
SA Salvation Army wants to raise $ 250,000 during National Salvation Army Week
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SA couple overcomes stimulant addiction and gets family back on track with help from the Salvation Army
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