Single mom creates amazing life with help from 'Pathway of Hope' program

Apr 24, 2024

A few years ago, Hannah came to Minnesota from California during a dark season of her life. She had just left a broken marriage after being a stay-at-home mom for six years, with no work experience other than that of a waitress and cashier.  

“When I came to Minnesota I had my three little kids, no job, no money, a dog, and $20,000 in debt,” she recalled. “I was really scared.”

Thanks to your donations, The Salvation Army helped Hannah avoid homelessness and create an amazing life.  

Hannah received rent assistance funds for a home and she enrolled in Salvation Army “Pathway of Hope” – a long-term mentoring program that provided emotional and practical support to help her reach her goals

Her top goals were finding a steady job and getting out of debt. She devised a plan of action with help from our Pathway of Hope caseworker, Kandi Tetzloff (pictured). 

“Kandi was exactly what I’d prayed for – someone to hold me accountable for my goals, ambitions, and what I wanted to do with my life,” Hannah said.

Today, Hannah could not be doing better. She works full-time and is close to opening her own business, all while moonlighting as a certified yoga instructor. She has also paid off all her debt and her credit is restored. 

Even more incredible: In February, Hannah and her friends opened a local Community Closet (pictured) that provides free clothing for those in need. In just two months, the closet has distributed about 5,000 clothing items for 300 families. 

“I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without all the resources The Salvation Army provided me,” Hannah said. “I always thought The Salvation Army was just a place to buy furniture – but now I know it’s so much more.”

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