For Gloria Padilla, Salvation Army’s youth camp was the break she needed, allowing her to keep her job during school’s summer recess.
“I couldn’t afford child care,” she said.
Padilla and her husband had a series of setbacks that started when she lost her job of 15 years while in alcohol rehab in 2012. She gives much of the credit for their turnaround to the Salvation Army.
Her husband, Ramiro, took time off from his job to care for their three young children during her recovery, but then he became seriously ill. His job was no longer waiting when he was finally able to return to work.
“We couldn’t afford food,” Padilla said. “Both of us had to look for work; we had never had to. It humbled me.”