Home in a New City
In March 2014, Roxanna and her son six-year-old son, Ramon, left their violent and destructive home situation and struck out on their own. In June, once settled, Roxanna was referred to The Salvation Army’s East Chicago Corps Community Center for assistance obtaining furniture for the new apartment. Rosemary, a Salvation Army staff member, welcomed her with open arms.
“She was busy at her desk with work to do, but she took the time to hear my problems,” Roxanna said. “As I began to confide in her, I instantly felt a sense of relief – the world was no longer on my shoulders – and I could see a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Rosemary worked with Roxanna and her family to resolve some issues and obtain furniture that previously belonged to her and her son.
“My son has all the clothes, toys and other things that are so important to a six year old,” Roxanna said. She has also taken advantage of the food pantry and emergency assistance.
Being new to an area can lead to some isolation, but Roxanna and Ramon are fighting that by joining numerous classes and programs offered at the corps community center. Roxanne is involved in Zumba and Bible classes as well as the Home League program, and Ramon is taking music classes and has attended several summer camps.
“I have met a group of fantastic women and made many friendships,” Roxanna said. “This would never have happened if not for the great people who devote their time and efforts to help people like me.”
Living with little to no income, Roxanna felt belittled, embarrassed and hopeless. “I thought there was no way out.”
But through the support of Captains Daniel and Nivia Paredes and the staff at the East Chicago Corps Community Center, Roxanna knows there is hope.
“They’ve all made such a difference in our lives,” Roxanna said. “Everyone here is dear to my heart.”