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Robert walks 40 minutes – each way – every Sunday to give back to The Salvation Army

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Robert Armstrong, photo credit: Kevin and Rania Tolman at Tolman Fun Factory

Even though the Denver area had record snow this year, it didn’t keep Robert Armstrong from meeting his commitment to lead a Bible study at The Salvation Army’s Crossroads Shelter every Sunday. He walks the 2-3 mile distance each time, snowing or not.

He’s a man of his word and a veteran to boot!

Robert was accustomed to working and taking care of his needs, but he had a major setback when a routine surgery didn’t go as planned. He eventually became homeless and went to our Crossroads Shelter in Denver for assistance.

Through Crossroads’ supportive services program known as “Stepping Up,” Robert made contact with the local Veterans Administration (VA). At one of the VA’s Stand Down events, he won a coveted Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher, one of only five awarded that day.

With some help from his friends at The Salvation Army, Robert chose an apartment that’s not just close to the Crossroads Shelter, it’s close to his mom so he can check on her frequently.

Robert is committed to leading the Bible study because he wants to practice reciprocity and suport the men in the program. He’s also interested in seeing Denver increase the number of programs and services for veterans and is helping in the effort.

“God gave me a Damascus road experience and my life has not been the same since,” says Robert. He’s honoring God’s faithfulness to him by using him time to make life better for other homeless veterans and we’re so grateful.

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