Salvation Army Sergeant Jerry Casey knows firsthand how the Salvation Army changes lives. Eight years ago he entered into the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation program, and he’s never left.
“This is very personal for me,” said Salvation Army Sergeant Jerry Case. “The Salvation Army has reengaged my life where I can help others.”
Helping others is exactly what he plans to do as soon as the Monroe location of the Salvation Army is finished being remodeled. Casey joined the Monroe location in August. The Monroe shelter has been shutdown for months to complete the remodel.
“The roof had some major leaks in it and we couldn’t keep it open in good conscience with water leaking in,” Casey said.
Casey says that although the condition of the shelter was a major setback, it has shown how much the community cares about the homeless. With the shelter closed and a winter that was colder than usual, community organizations, churches and everyday residents have stepped up to help the homeless.
“There’s a lot of people putting a lot of effort into keeping these people safe and warm and fed,” Casey said.
Businesses, ministries, and individuals have donated their time, resources, and support for the remodel. From isulation to door handles, community members were dedicated to helping along the way. The men’s dorms are just about finished and will hold 39 beds, while the women’s dorms will hold 19.
Volunteer Larry Head joined the project back in November and says it’s hard to not get involved when you meet Sergeant Casey.
“If you spend any time with the searge you get hooked in,” said Larry Head.
The project is set to be completed in early spring. If you would like to make a donation, visit the Salvation Army’s Facebook page.