Anchor in the Waves

Jul 6, 2023 | by Annie Beurman

When the King family was hit with a wave of obstacles that impacted their health and finances, mother and wife, Cinda, had to become her family’s anchor. Cinda had always been passionate about helping others, but between the loss of her mother, her job, and her husband’s job, she realized it was her turn to ask for help.

Cinda began working at The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, after leaving her career to care for her mother during her last days.

“I was really struggling just finding my way in the world after losing my mom,” said Cinda. “I was looking for somewhere where I could still help people and feel like I could fit in.”

Though eventually promoted to manager, making ends meet was still difficult. Her husband couldn’t work due to health issues, and their teenage daughter became pregnant.

However, it wasn’t until her house suffered from a large water leak that Cinda signed up for the Pathway of Hope program. Through the program’s resources, the King’s plumbing was repaired, their water and gas bills were paid, and today, a weatherization program is continuing to work on their house.

In addition to attending therapy regularly, Major Diana James and POH Case Manager Megan Niemeyer routinely check in with Cinda, blessing her with prayers, encouragement, and a shoulder to cry on whenever they’re needed.

“My situation’s definitely improved,” said Cinda. “They give me encouragement so I can do what I need to do to take care of my family. My whole family really depends on me, so that’s what keeps me going is knowing that these people depend on me for a lot— emotional support, and financial support.”

Today, while her husband is still looking for a new job, he’s found happiness caring for their new granddaughter while her mom is at work. Meanwhile, Cinda continues to manage the Hutchinson thrift store with a smile.

“I just love where I work. I get to help people every day. I’ve made a lot of improvements too… I feel positive when I come to work. I look forward to coming to work every day and helping others.”

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