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Brush, Colorado: Population 5,117, and one Salvation Army Outpost

Submitted by on February 4, 2009 – One Comment

Most of The Salvation Army news we hear is about large scale efforts like our mobilization for Hurricane Katrina, or world class programs such as the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers that are going up in communities around the United States.

It’s not often we get a chance to talk about what an all-volunteer Salvation Army in a tiny Colorado community did to keep one woman in fragile health alive.

Main Street, Brush Colorado

Main Street, Brush Colorado

Funded by the United Way and local foundations, the all-volunteer Salvation Army staff in Brush operate what we call an Outpost in Salvation Army parlance.  It’s not a program or a church, but a local service center in a community that’s not quite large enough to support a full-scale operation.  They help with rent payments, utility bills, medical bills,  and sometimes food, lodging and gasoline for people passing through town.

The Brush Salvation Army Outpost is great blessing to at least one young woman. New in Colorado and afflicted with grand mal epilepsy, she arrived to find out that her disability drug insurance plan didn’t cross state lines with her.  The cost of the deductible for her seizure medicines was well beyond her reach.

But thankfully, not beyond the reach of The Salvation Army.  When the volunteers, many of whom work at Brush City Hall, heard about her situation, they quickly offered to pick up the tab. Now, she’s got plenty of time to save up the cost of the deductible for next year, and stay seizure-free in the meantime.

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