Stories of Changed Lives
Ed’s Story, a Life of Hope, Redemption and Victory
Ed came to The Salvation Army through the Arrearage Case Management Program (ACM) in December 2011. He was one of the very first single men to participate in this new program. Ed came at a period of his life when he was very frustrated with his housing, finances and unemployment status. Seeking out assistance through the unemployment office, word of mouth from friends and doing personal job search left him more discouraged and with few job leads. After inquiring about the ACM Program with us he was immediately assigned to one of our case managers. Ed seemed as if he had a “thirst” for change to his current situation leading to success. He began to disclose his crisis issues to his case manager and the process of “pealing the onion” began; his needs included, assistance with rent, utility assistance, employment search, resume’ building and a gas card to do job search.
One of the requirements of the ACM program is that the client signs an agreement to meet with the Case Manager at least once a week and be willing to work on the identified goals set by himself and the caseworker. Ed far surpassed the expectations required of him by being available at least three times weekly. He did the leg work that was required of him (weekly visits, job search, and compiling information to complete his resume’). In doing so his situation began to change and doors began to open for him.
After three to four weeks of working with his case manager, Ed received his first call for an employment interview. Having not been part of the job search process for some time, he had some apprehension and fears. With help from his case manager, they reviewed interviewing skills, dress for success, posture, how to obtain information about the perspective place of employment and whatever else he had concerns about. Ed went to that interview with a renewed confidence for a janitorial position and left as a hired Supervisor. This job paid enough to alleviate the crisis he initially came in with. This gave him the ability to pay his rent, utilities, and provide him gas for transportation. With his newly acquired job skills he was able to obtain another part-time job. Again he displayed leadership skills and was promoted at the second job. This has now become his full time job with both benefits and a substantial monetary increase; Ed now works only one job and is able to meet his needs.
During the course of his time in the ACM program, Ed participated in and completed the Financial Peace University Course (Dave Ramsey) and received his certificate of completion. He also volunteered with K-Pep, Project Connect and Safe House. Ed continues to give back to the ACM Program as a mentor for other ACM clients and he is also participating in a newly formed men’s group (Boundaries II) on a weekly basis, sharing his story and how ACM has helped him turn his life around.
Ed has now maintained 20 plus years of sobriety, he is a caring father of two teenage girls and a true man of God. We applaud his courage, hard work and faith and we appreciate his willingness to now partner with us in helping others. With positive influence, support and encouragement from The Salvation Army and ACM Staff, Ed is impacting his world and he is a living example of how God can change the story for all of us