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Robert’s Battle

In 2018 I made the decision to create a documentary film about a man I’ve known for over 13 years. Robert is an amputee who has lived on the streets for over 23 years. I decided to make the film after discovering that his leg had been amputated after an accident involving a Pacific Union Freight Train in Compton.

New Wheels

Robert uses his time and talents to make custom lowrider bicycles for his local community in Pocatello, Idaho. He created a program called Big Brother Lowriding, combining his passion and his compassion in a way that helps connect those in need with transportation and mentorship. When Robert isn’t working on bikes, he’s serving meals at the only soup kitchen in town at the local Salvation Army. He has become a mentor to the local community, but his life wasn’t always this way. Watch this video to hear Robert’s story.

The Way Home

On any given night in America, there are well over 500,000 men and women living on the street. For more than 38 years, Duane was one of them, until he found his way to The Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter

Dry Bones Live

David Barnett found himself in need of new work after vocational training he received in the Navy became obsolete. Over the next few years he struggled with drug addiction and ended up homeless and hopeless in Miami, Florida. David wrestled with recovery over the years, but through The Salvation Army’s Haven program for Veteran’s, he was able to turn over the battle to the Lord. He took what he learned from his own trials and began to practice the call of 1 Peter, “use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Mr. Barnett created the DBL Vocational Training Program to help students earn an EPA Certification for HVAC Systems. Seeing the value of his course, The Salvation Army Stillman Sawyer Family Service Center opened its doors to the program. Now, Mr. Barnett uses his technical skills to help pull others from the muck and mire that he himself waded through for so many years of his own life.

Created for Freedom

In Norco, Riverside County, the prison known as “Hotel California” is home to about 3400 male inmates. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses inmates, while programs like those led by Prison Fellowship work to transform their lives.

Just the Beginning

According to statistics, parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. The CDC estimates that more than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school.

Almas Como Yo (Souls Like Mine)

Catapulted into an opportunity to start a brand new ministry, Salvation Army Captain Maria Romero planted small seeds by handing out free, fresh fruit and vegetables at Gonzales Park to whoever was in need of them.