Once Homeless, Employee Serves Others At The Salvation Army

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OKLAHOMA CITY - On Thanksgiving Day, The Salvation Army served a delicious meal for those in need, but many of those who were serving once sat in the same tables.

"We put a lot of care and love and joy in our food every year that we serve," said Keri Griffin, an employee at The Salvation Army.

On Thanksgiving, she was running the kitchen, cooking up hot meals, but 15 years ago she was a lot like some of those she was serving, down on her luck.

"When i first started here I didn't have a home either, I just had a job," said Griffin.

But thanks to The Salvation Army, she was able to find steady employment in their organization and a brighter future.

"I'm now a home owner. I have been the last 14 years now and that's how I give back," Griffin said.

Salvation Army Officials say a lot of people associate their organization with natural disasters like tornadoes or Hurricane Katrina, but that's not the only disasters they deal with.

"For a lot of people, its just a matter of losing a job drugs or alcohol getting in the way of certain things and they have their own personal katrina on their hands," said Ryan Frace.

Many of those situations require more than just groceries or a hot meal. Therefore The Salvation Army provides them with jobs within their organization, whether it be serving food or "Night Watch," a program where groups go out searching for others in need of help. Almost every night they find someone who could desperately use it.
"Two weeks ago it was a mother with two teenage boys and they literally were praying for a place to stay," Frace said.

Strangers helping strangers; an act of gratitude no one will forget.

If you or someone you know is interested in a job with The Salvation Army visit their website here.

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