Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army Spokane helps one homeless woman find employment
SPOKANE, Wash. — The ringing of bells by the Salvation Army outside businesses has become a symbol of the season. In Spokane, over 200 bell ringers were hired this year.
Heather Tifft is one of them. Heather moved to Spokane 2 months ago from Montana, where she was trapped in a domestic violence situation. She had nowhere to go when she got here, but knew she’d be safe at the Union Gospel Mission where she was able to secure a bed. She searched for job in the food and hospitality field but could not even get an interview and felt like going back.
“Nothing seemed to be happening. I wasn’t getting any callbacks. I wasn’t getting anywhere with finding a job. I was pretty desperate when i walked in to the Salvation Army,” she explained.
Heather got a job as a bell ringer on the spot and it’s given her back her confidence. She decided to change career paths and will now be working at their new warming shelter set to open in a few weeks.
Heather says she wants to encourage women who are in her shoes and inspire them to overcome their problems.
The Salvation Army feels lucky to have her on board to help this winter.
So far, bell ringers have raised over $300,000 in Spokane during the last few weeks. All of the money collected goes back to Spokane’s most vulnerable that the Salvation Army Spokane serves. Their goal when the finish bell ringing on December 24 is to raise $500,000.
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