The Salvation Army in Helena is celebrating after receiving a national award for their life empowerment transition housing program. It was one of four winners and Helena was the only small-town recipient.
The transitional housing program began when Captain Rob Lawler and his wife moved to Helena eight years ago. The life empowerment program helps people who are sliding in and out of homelessness or those who are trying to reintegrate back into society.
The program comes with supported housing along with life skills classes. They also have case management, where they will meet with their case worker to go over what their goals are and how they are doing.
Lawler said just last week, someone who received help from the program stopped in to say hi. He says it’s great to have a relationship with someone and feel comfortable enough to give them a hug.
“He wanted to just share where his life was and how well things are going and how thankful he is. It kind of means when you come for those days that are rough, those help make those days not so rough because you know there’s good days,” Lawler said.
Lawler says he isn’t sure how many people the program has helped, but he has seen a lot of faces. The program is getting ready to grow and they are looking at a building project so the program can be even better. They will be expanding their food pantry as well as a place where they can do better case work and more life skills training.
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