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Salvation Army helps Southeast Texans burdened with overdue bills

According to a 2020 survey by the United States Census Bureau, about 14% of Texans live in poverty.

BEAUMONT, Texas – An initiative launched by a well-known Southeast Texas organization helps community members who are going through personal challenges and difficulties.

The thought of bills piling up coupled with declining income can be overwhelming, but there is help for Southeast Texans. The Salvation Army works to help community members who are burdened with overdue bills.

The organization used available funds to create a new initiative to help the community with rent, utility bills and even housing. The initiative was launched in February and is called Love Beyond Late Bills.

Capt. Jason Moore said that as long as the need is there, the Salvation Army will help Southeast Texans get back on their feet.

“It’s just about letting people know we’re here for you,” Captain Moore said. “We know the bills are going up, and we know people are trying to figure out, ‘Okay, what bills do I have to pay?’ Which has priority? And so we try to help with that. We know people need a place to live, so we can help with rental assistance. And then we take that out of the equation.

According to a 2020 survey by the United States Census Bureau, about 14% of Texans live in poverty. About 13% live at the poverty line in the United States

Program beneficiaries praise the initiative.

“I needed a place to stay and they helped me,” said shelter resident Tiffany Orlando.

Orlando said she was grateful she wasn’t inundated with bills, but needed rental assistance.

“I’ll be staying at the shelter for now, but when they get their funds they’ll help me pay the deposit and maybe the first month’s rent,” Orlando said.

Latoya Haskins lives at the shelter until her help arrives.

“It was exciting,” Haskins said. “It was exciting. I ended up staying for two weeks, and when I stayed for two weeks, they gave me the application. I filled out the application. I was approved and found my home They paid the first month’s rent and I found a three-bedroom house.

Officials encourage community members who need help with bills and rent to come to the Salvation Army.

“Come see me,” said social worker Elizabeth Rodriguez. “I love you, you are my brother and sister in Christ, and you know, we are here to help you with anything you might need. If not, we can try to find you the help you may need.

To learn more about life beyond the bills or to seek help, Southeast Texans can visit a Salvation Army to arrange an appointment with a social worker.

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