When I was 13 my mother moved myself and 3 siblings back to Zanesville from Florida using everything she had. We stayed in the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for 90 days. It was cramped but it was home. I celebrated my 13th birthday in the shelter. The United Way funded programs and Salvation Army staff helped my mom find a job, find housing and taught me the importance of giving back to my community. After we left the shelter I continued to come and volunteer in the soup kitchen and any other program that needed help. I graduated with honors from Zanesville City Schools and went on to serve in the Military for 5 years. When I came back to Zanesville I started working as a Shelter Aide in the Emergency shelter and volunteering at United Way becuase without them who knows where I would be now. Your donations really do help people just like me in the community. It is so important to give back and I am living proof it makes a difference.