A Captain with the local Salvation Army says a little ‘change’ can go a long way.
Isobel Lippers says not only does the Salvation Army shelter the homeless and feed the hungry, it also helps rehabilitate those suffering with addictions.
The local organization partners directly with the Salvation Army Paetzold Rehabilitation Centre in Mission, B.C., which treats people dealing with a range of addictive behaviours.
Lippers tells the story of a Fort St. John resident who sought out help in dealing with his addiction four months ago. A social worker with the local branch helped the man apply for a rehabilitation program in the lower mainland.
Lippers says the man had tried other addiction centres, but always returned to his habit once he came back to his old friends.
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He seems to have found the help he needed at Paetzold centre.
Lippers says she has talked to the man recently, who told her that while the road to recovery is tough, he is gradually rebuilding his life.
The programs at the rehab centre can last for years. They help those recovering get a job, and integrate back into society.
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Lippers says stories like those encourage the Salvation Army to continue in what it’s doing.
She says without the support of the community, the organization would shut down. So, Lippers is pleading with the community, to donate to the Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser of the year.
In conjunction with the kettle campaign, the organization is sending out the 2009 Christmas Appeal forms to households in the community.
Captain Lippers is also urging the community to help out with the Kettle Campaign. She says that so far, some kettles have been shut down because volunteers have failed to show up.
The overall goal is to raise $200,000.
For more information on volunteering with the Salvation Army, call Ben or Isobel Lippers at 250-785-0506.