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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)

TITLE: Starting Over
By darlene thompson
11/07/12


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The door of The Salvation Army

halfway house swung open and in walked

Bill, an inmate from federal

prison. “Welcome to the center,”

said the director. We are here to

help you. What can I do to get you

started on a new life? Bill smiled

nervously and said, “I could really

use some clothes. All I have are

these prison gray sweats.” “That’s

not a problem. We have a great thrift

store full of wonderful clothes,” said

the director.

This was just a beginning for

Bill. After orientation and new

clothes for an interview, he quickly

secured employment with a local

flooring company. He worked as a

helper during his time at the

halfway house. After three months,

Bill was allowed to go to home

confinement which allowed him to

live at home and report twice a week

to the center. In addition, the

center maintained his accountability

and clear conduct.

Bill enrolled in Prison

Fellowship Life Skills Program. It

helped him to make and maintain a

budget, become a better parent, and

obtained his driver’s license. He

said, “It aids inmates in getting back

to society and becoming a quality

citizen. Bill stated, “The classes

helped me realize a lot of things. I

thought I had my life together, but I

had a lot of anger I hadn’t dealt

with.”

Four years after his time at the

halfway house, Bill is free and owns

his own flooring company. He said, “My

interaction with The Salvation Army

was limited to the change I threw in

the kettle at Christmastime. Today,

I’m living proof The Salvation Army

stands for helping people and giving

them a chance.” The next time you

donate clothing to The Salvation Army,

remember lives are restored.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/10/12
This is a great piece. I often don't think about the people who might be wearing the clothes I donate. You opened my eyes.

Make sure you start a new paragraph each time a different person is speaking. You also forgot some end quotes, but with the new paragraph, it will be easier for you to spot those mistakes.

I think you covered the topic in a fresh and unique way. You had a great beginning and the ending brought the story full circle. Well done.
Randy Foncree11/10/12
Awesome story on the Salvation Army...they help a lot of people...God bless....