Katy’s Burden

They say when it rains it pours, and that is just what happened to Katy, a young mother from Birmingham.  First, she was in a car accident with her children (they were fine-the car not so much), then her work hours were cut back due to COVID-19. If that was not enough, her eldest daughter was about to graduate high school and looking to attend college. All these scenarios only contributed to Katy’s anxiety after realized she was two months behind in rent.

“Truthfully, I was embarrassed,” Katy admits when she first thought about asking for financial assistance. “This is the first time I ever had to reach out for help…so my pride was hurt at first. But, after a few minutes I thought…why not? I decided that it was far more important to take care of my family than to worry about my pride.”

The Birmingham Housing Authority recommended that Katy look into The Salvation Army’s COVID-19 assistance program. “Finding out about The Salvation Army’s program was a Godsend,” stated Katy. The program was designed to provide emergency rental, mortgage and/or utility bill assistance to those facing financial hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was like a large burden was lifted from me,” Katy said after she received the financial help to pay her rental fees. “The whole experience awakened me and reaffirmed my relationship with God. I urge anyone in a crisis to reach out to The Salvation Army,” she added.  “It may be hard at first, but they are caring people who will go out of their way to help you.”