A Family Finds a Fresh Start


A Family Finds a Fresh Start

Selma and her family lost everything—then learned about a difficult diagnosis. Thanks to you, they found hope when they needed it most.

Selma* and her husband thought moving to Connecticut would give the family a fresh start after losing their home in the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Instead, they faced even more challenges.

Shortly after moving, the oldest of their three children was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Selma serves as her son’s primary caretaker, and with the continual cycle of doctor’s appointments, she cannot work a job outside the home.

Selma’s husband secured a job at a large retailer, but they were still struggling financially. The family felt overwhelmed and knew they needed help soon.

Thanks to the support of friends like you, they could turn to The Salvation Army to help them move forward. They joined Pathway of Hope, and through the help of their case manager, they secured housing assistance, disability benefits, mental health services, and children’s services.

Selma and her family also received food and toys at Christmas and coats thanks to the Coats for Connecticut community coat drive (see below for more information). Once their family got back on their feet, Selma began taking courses online to get her degree in medical coding. She’s hopeful she can work from home while taking care of her son.

Your generosity makes it possible for us to walk beside Selma and her family as they continue their journey toward independence through Pathway of Hope.

Coats for Connecticut

You can donate gently used coats at any of the 12 Best Cleaners locations. They will be cleaned and delivered to The Salvation Army centers across Connecticut to neighbors in need of warm winter coats. For more information, go to bestcleaners.com or ctri.salvationarmy.org.

*Names have been changed to protect confidentiality