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Salvation Army Helps Put Family Back On Their Feet


It's been 90-days since Keisha Wilson walked into this building with her three sons, Richard, Andre and Maurice. Since the day she walked in the door... she says she's been sober.

"That's the longest I've ever been clean in my life and for me that's a like a new celebration," said Wilson. "I feel good and the other thing about it is I got so close to these folks in just this little time I feel like I'm leaving family. Ain't that something."

Keisha and her family are one of the many families who live at the Salvation Army Family Resource Center. Over 100 people live there... 60% of them are children. This facility and many others within the Salvation Army could be in danger of cutbacks... if they don't reach their 2013 red kettle campaign goal. 

"Without us making this goal will mean that... for us it means we will have to make some real serious decisions on who we can serve and how many people we can serve," said Quad Cities Coordinator for the Salvation Army Major Gary Felton. "And that in itself would be pretty devastating to the families that we serve here at the family services center." 

Devastation that would affect families like the Wilson's and having to turn away people who need help. Keisha says this place is more than just a shelter. It's a place where people can get back on their feet. 

"The thing about it is they don't just want you to come in and lay down. 'Hey you can just sleep there and then in 9 days you're gone.' They want to know everything about you," said Wilson. "They want to help you. They take time to cry with you. They take time to listen to you."

Keisha and her children are leaving Davenport to go back home to Mississippi. But she says she'll never forget the Salvation Army and what they did for her and her family.
"Well, now since 'I'm doing good... I'm just trying to spread it to the next," said Wilson. "I like to help out around a lot or like for instance some new people coming in, we got so much stuff, I can even donate stuff back!"

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