Salvation Army works to change the lives of those in need

Sinclair Broadcast Group, including ABC13, is partnering with the Salvation Army in a campaign called “Sinclair Cares: Your Neighbor Needs You.”

The Salvation Army works around the clock to provide food and shelter for those in need.

Last year, 20-year-old Zoe Vaughns left her home in Seattle for college.

“I was going to Liberty and just, you know, life happened, life got in the way and I ended up needing place to go,” Vaughns said.

She turned to the Salvation Army in Lynchburg.

“I was initially really scared to come here, because I’d never been homeless in my whole entire life and this was a whole new experience,” Vaughns said.

It was a new experience that took away her initial fears when she reached out for help.

“My greatest fear was being on the street and since the day I got here, I haven’t been on the street,” Vaughns said. “Just a place to lay down and call home in a way.”

For the past three months, the Salvation Army has worked to get Vaughns back on her feet. They even helped her get a job .

“They’re doing everything they can to help you progress and become the best you that you can be,” Vaughns said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, staff is taking extra precautions to keep their residents safe when taking in new people.

“If they come in from out of state, we have to look at it at little differently, but we’re doing the best we can at providing shelter, at providing the meals,” Social Services Manager Veronica Washington said.

The organization feeds twice a day. They serve breakfast from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Just like they say ‘Do Good’ and they really are doing good,” Vaughns said. “They’re here to help and get you on the right track.”

To give some perspective on donations:

  • A $10 donation feeds a person in need for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box containing staple foods for a family of four.
  • A $75 donation will allow a family of 4 to stay in a hotel for one night.
  • A $250 donation can provide a hot, to-go meal to 100 people.

Sinclair Broadcast Group will match up to the first $100,000.

To donate to the Salvation Army, Sinclair Cares “Your Neighbor Needs You” relief fund, CLICK HERE.