FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A big donation to the Salvation Army on Thursday could have a life-changing impact. Chesapeake Energy donated two pickup trucks to the Salvation Army’s Socially Responsible Landscaping Management Company.
The landscape maintenance trucks will help the organization with their program that gives homeless people jobs and job training.
Ismael Gomez is a landscape crewmember that was not only trained by the Salvation Army, but also pulled from drug addiction by the organization. “Four months ago I was down and out and I needed someone to turn to, and everybody turned their back on me; some family and so-called friends,” Gomez recalled. “They [Salvation Army] opened the door to me and gave me an opportunity to prove myself again as a man.”
The donation of the two Chevy Silverado trucks, with trailers filled with lawn equipment, will help Salvation Army crews take care of lawns and earn a paycheck.
Gomez said the donation will help others like him — those who find themselves turning to the Salvation Army when they feel there is nothing else. The father of four credits God for the help he received. “I got down to my knees and prayed and drove down to the Salvation Army and they opened their doors. From that day forward it’s been a process of improvement for me and for my family.”
The Salvation Army Socially Responsible Landscaping Management Company was launched in 2012. The goal of the commercial landscape management business was to help North Texas companies keep their facilities looking great while also providing jobs, training, counseling, and income for people who would otherwise be unemployed.
In addition to having a promising career in landscape maintenance Gomez and others like him are also getting training in how to spend their new income wisely.
The ultimate goal of the company is to have their workers, who initially live in a Salvation Army homeless shelter, earn enough money to live on their own. The accomplishment is easier to achieve when they have experience and a work history that can catapult them to higher paying jobs.
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