Room at the Inn

Sep 28, 2021

Disabled, alone and with nowhere to go.

This was Linda's situation after the sudden loss of her husband and caretaker, so she turned to family to help care for her. Sadly, Linda's addition to the household was seen as a burden, and it wasn't long before she was dropped off at a hotel by her daughter and left to fend for herself. 

Linda's gut-wrenching story of heartbreak and homelessness could have easily turned into a tragedy, if not for Salvation Army Service Extension volunteer Jill Null and the generous operators of the Greenfield Quality Inn. 

“They have been an outstanding community partner,” shared Jill. “They have worked out a special rate just for The Salvation Army so we have had a safe place we can send people temporarily while we help them find more permanent housing.”

Even though almost every room was booked for the Indy 500 race week, the staff at the Quality Inn went the extra mile. They quickly finished renovations on a previously closed room and took a personal interest in Linda, making sure that she had everything she needed during her stay.

“We were really able to step into that gap for her,” explained Jill. “After only about ten days, she had found an affordable apartment and had everything set up and ready to go.” Today Linda is living independently in her cozy apartment. She is extremely grateful to those who joyfully made room for her at the inn during her time of great need. 

“Linda is pretty amazing,” Jill said. “Despite her circumstances and terrible wounds from being thrown out by her family, she was determined to recover.”

Thanks to a record-breaking Red Kettle campaign in 2020, The Salvation Army of Hancock County had the funds to ensure Linda had a warm place to sleep and good food to eat while she found permanent housing and a way to live independently. 

The Salvation Army is providing life-changing programs and services to those who need it most. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are making these ministries possible. On behalf of Linda and the countless others you have helped, thank you.

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