Released 9 April 2012
Nagel looks across her caseworker's desk at The Salvation Army, she understands
what her clients are going through — because she's been there
At 24, Marta met her first husband, and the couple welcomed two children
shortly afterward. But what began as a seemingly happy life together soon
became a living hell for Marta. "He was a severe alcoholic," Marta says. "When
you're called every foul, vulgar name there is … when you're physically
and mentally abused … it starts to take a toll on you," Marta continues.
"He decided that he'd sooner drink than have a family. So, I lost our home
— I lost everything."
Suddenly homeless and without a job, Marta was forced to go on
welfare and move with her children into public housing.
that, if she was going to make a real change for the
better, her heart had to change first."I remember falling on my
asking Christ into my heart," Marta says.
afterward, Marta was invited by a neighbor to volunteer at The Salvation Army.
Marta's enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment to helping the needy eventually
opened the door for her to become a full-time case manager. Now 23 years later,
Marta is grateful for the chance to help people as lost as she
"At one time, I sat on that side of the desk," Marta
says, "and my
goal is to move as many people as possible onto this side." Friends like you
allow The Salvation Army to help our lost neighbors discover new beginnings and
second chances. God bless you for your ongoing support.
have no idea what kind of a changed life you can see," Marta
encourages. "It doesn't take a lot."