SAVANNAH, GA (July 20, 2020) – It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant rise in fear and uncertainty. For our neighbors in need, this added stressor only increased their already-existing struggles, causing even more panic and worry.
Cortney is one of those individuals. Cortney found herself at The Salvation Army of Savannah’s women and children’s shelter late this past February feeling lost and experiencing familial challenges. With the added fear of the upcoming pandemic, she did not know what the future held and decided it was time to ask for help.
“I was going through a rough time with my kids,” she said.
The choice to turn to The Salvation Army for help was a logical one for Cortney, as she had a longstanding relationship with them from both a donor and client standpoint. During her childhood, she and her parents often filled bags with clothes that they had outgrown and donated them to their local Salvation Army. As an adult, she participated in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, which helped low- to moderate-income families – such as hers – ensure a disappointment-free Christmas morning with presents under the tree.
“The Salvation Army has always blessed my kids with a Christmas that I couldn’t afford,” said Cortney.
With such pleasant memories of The Salvation Army, she felt like reaching out again was the right call.
After arriving at the shelter, things began to fall in place. Feeling safe and secure, she blossomed within the shelter’s programs, which had a focus on learning crucial life skills and exploring her budding passions. She now feels like she has the tools and motivation to get herself and her children back on their feet and achieve their goals.
“The Salvation Army has been helping me focus better, work harder and save money, so when I get back out there on my own, I can maintain,” said Cortney. “I want to go to school. I want to go to Savannah Tech and get my commercial driver’s license and eventually open up my own business: a truck business.”
A few months ago, she did not think these aspirations could ever become a reality, but now she realizes that with a stable environment, the right aid, and hard work, anything is possible. Because of her ongoing success, she is encouraging others to speak out if they feel stuck.
“Don’t be afraid to take a helping hand. It’s not the end of the world,” she said. “If you need [The Salvation Army], come. They can help you.”