JOY OF GIVING: Gladstone Salvation Army Captain Sharilyn Bush.
JOY OF GIVING: Gladstone Salvation Army Captain Sharilyn Bush. Luka Kauzlaric

Salvos give a hand up, not a handout to less fortunate

SINCE 2010, Sharilyn Bush and her husband Jeff have been helping those in need in Gladstone.

Teaming up with two volunteer case workers, the Salvation Army pair have been instrumental in helping a number of people less fortunate to get through to more prosperous times.

Mrs Bush said there were a number of issues afflicting locals who were forced to turn to the Salvos for a hand.

"Drug and alcohol abuse is an underlying issue (for welfare needs)," Mrs Bush said.

"There are some who have issues with budgeting. We continue to try and give support when it comes to budgeting."

She said that while emergency assistance was often the most substantial type of help given by her organisation, it was a matter of taking people one case at a time when it came to determining what would best assist them.

"It's very much a case-by-case basis, based on our assessment," she said.

"We try to give people a hand up, not a handout."

Mrs Bush encouraged locals to reach out sooner rather than later, as the faster issues can be identified, the better the chance of her and the team being able to provide help.

Need help? Contact the Salvos for a helping hand when in need. Phone 4972 6878.



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