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“This is not a dive.”

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Terry and 5 year-old Ike. Photo by John Docter

Terry and 5 year-old Ike. Photo by John Docter

“Things are really nice around here. This is not a dive.” A compliment like that is music to our ears.

Single dad Terry Read and his 5 year-old son Ike lived together at The Salvation Army in Portland, Oregon and got cereal for breakfast, two hot meals a day, and a safe, clean, warm room to call their own.

For years, Terry struggled to provide a home for himself and his son. His issues with alcohol held him back and eventually he and Ike became homeless.

He found The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center (VAFC) on the internet and says, “they pretty much saved us.”

In the six months they lived at VAFC, Terry established his credit and put together a plan to take care of his and Ike’s needs.

Now, they have their own place and Terry has a job that provides enough money to pay the mortgage and the bills.

We couldn’t be happier for them. This is how we want every story to end.

Have a look at the photo slideshow by our talented web manager John Docter…

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