Salvation Army Serves As Guiding Light for Glen Burnie Client

56-year-old Maria Thomas recently visited The Salvation Army Service Center in Glen Burnie for utility assistance. In addition to the lack of power for her home, the having the lights cut off also meant that Maria would not be able to utilize her CPAP machine for her sleep apnea: a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.

Maria was also recovering from a recent brain operation, which often left her in a state of confusion so she was unsure as to how she could resolve her outstanding electric bill; that’s when Maria turned to The Salvation Army’s Family Service Center in Glen Burnie. On April 9, 2019, the client signed up for The Salvation Army’s Fuel Fund, which provides energy assistance to heat the homes of local residents who are in financial hardship.

In addition to providing Maria with a list of additional resources that could assist her, The Salvation Army diligently worked with Maria to verify her electric bill status and worked with other organizations on her behalf in the hopes of getting her lights turned back on. Maria’s electricity was restored just three days later on April 12.

The client returned to the family service center later that month for food assistance. With the center’s on-site food pantry, The Salvation Army provided valuable meal supplements for Maria with a variety of non-perishable food items.

 “Thanks for helping me. You helped me a great deal when I was in need. At the time, I did not feel I had any hope to get my electricity back on. You put me in the right direction and directed me as to what I needed to do. I am very happy. You took time out to help and gave me your personal time to get on the right track. Made me feel special. Taking time to make phone calls type up information for me. When I think about how I was in crisis and you took your time to help me, I want to cry.” – Maria

The Salvation Army operates five family service centers throughout central Maryland. These centers offer an array of social services to meet the immediate and short-term needs of thousands of individuals.

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