A serious medical condition left Kathryn in a coma for a couple of weeks, and when she woke up, she had severe memory loss and much trouble with verbal communication. She applied for disability payments, but was denied.
When she started falling behind on bills and rent payments, Kathryn turned to her local Salvation Army for assistance – and to serve as a volunteer working with the homeless. While there, she received lots of love and support from the staff.
Still struggling with memory loss and communication issues, Kathryn began expressing herself through art. It soon became clear she was very gifted. As her memory and speaking skills returned, Kathryn started a children’s art program at The Salvation Army. She took on a few private students, and then her own art began showing at local galleries.
Kathryn was finally approved for disability payments, so she was able to catch up on rent and her bills. And as her art began to sell, she became independent, and is doing well today.
“I could not have made it without all the love and support that The Salvation Army showed me,” she says today. “They never judged me, they appreciated me, and they supported me as I grew into a new person. They’ll never know how much they helped me.”
Now they do. And so do you. Stories like Kathryn’s just don’t happen without you!