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The Salvation Army of Central Maryland Christmas Registration is now open!

To sign up, past and new clients must bring ALL of the following documents to fill out an application:

– Valid Photo ID
– Social Security Cards (for each household member)
– Proof all income (pay stubs, DSS, child support, food stamp letters)
– Proof all expenses (BGE, phone, cable, etc)
– Proof of residence (Section 8 or HUD, lease, mortgage)
– Birth certificates for all children ages 0-12

No appointment necessary!

Vicki wouldn’t ask for assistance, but thanks to friends like you, she got what she needed.

SA-16-09-Fall-eNewsletter-2016NWE9NL-Article3-600x536Vicki, a 40-year-old single mother, lives with her two children in a dilapidated trailer.

Her children’s father abandoned them a few years ago, and Vicki can hardly provide for her family, barely keeping up with utility and grocery bills. Over the summer, they lived outside in tents for a while, because they had no electricity or running water.

But Vicki is too proud to ask for help. When asked if she needs anything, she always says, “Someone else needs the help more than I do.”

Smiles and Tears

One day, one of Vicki’s neighbors called the Army: Vicki’s electricity was about to be shut off because she couldn’t pay her bill. It took much persuading to get Vicki to accept the Army’s help, but she finally gave in. The Army made a small payment on her behalf, and the power company agreed to grant Vicki an extension — and keep her power on.

Vicki was all smiles and tears when she heard the good news.

This is the kind of help you’re providing every day with your support!

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Your support helps rescue women like Rosa from the sex trade, giving them safety, and starting a new life.

SA-16-09-Fall-eNewsletter-2016NWE9NL-Article2-600x536Rosa, a 32-year-old single mother, was jobless, homeless, and often slept on the streets. Her only source of income — her only hope of ever sleeping indoors — came through an abusive boyfriend who would exploit Rosa’s body: She was being peddled for sex.

A police officer found Rosa (not her real name) and listened to her story. The officer knew exactly what to do: take Rosa to a Salvation Army safe house for victims of sex trafficking.

Rosa says it was the first step on her road to hope and healing.

“This place has been a real blessing,” she says. “I’m not sure what I would have done without it.”

Julie Shematz, a Salvation Army social worker, knows exactly what Rosa means. She used to earn a living as an exotic dancer, exploited by men who cared nothing about her heart or soul. But today, working in one of those safe houses, she helps men, women, and children find a way out of being trafficked.

“Mine is a story of grace and redemption,” Julie says. “I’ve gone from being a victim of exploitation to helping others rebuild their lives.”

Because of you, women like Rosa and Julie are discovering unconditional love.

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