At A Crossroads

Aug 20, 2019 | by Doug Donahoo


In a matter of days Katherine Reid will join 23 session mates in Chicago. Together, they will embark on two-year journey that will end with them becoming Salvation Army officers. However, Katherine’s journey with The Salvation Army started many years before, when she and her mom were in desperate need of help.

“My mom throughout my life had a drug addiction since she was about 17 years old so that put us in some really hard places,” Katherine recalled about a month before leaving Kansas City for Chicago. “So we came to the Crossroads Shelter in Independence to start fresh.”

While living at the Crossroads Shelter for three weeks, Katherine found a life she was missing. Nightly dinners, community chores, other kids to play with, and a closer connection to her mom. When the time came for them to leave, she realized she eventually wanted to take the help she received and pay if forward.

“I want to build a place where people can come and get themselves on track and start fresh. I want to do that one day. That was my dream.”

Dreams can be a funny thing. Because you never know where they’ll lead, just like Katherine Reid didn’t know her journey would bring her back to The Salvation Army years later as a mom herself in need of assistance.

From there, Reid found herself on a new path, one that has taken her to Chicago and a new start as a Salvation Army Cadet.

Her story is one of challenge and triumph, and is only possible with support from donors like you. Watch Katherine write a new chapter in her life, thanks to your support.

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