The Salvation Army Monessen Worship and Service Center Supports Robbie in Journey of Healing

Dec 11, 2020 | by Stephanie Rex

Robbie Gladys worked for years at The Monessen Salvation Army Worship and Service Center, lending a hand wherever needed through volunteering at the food bank, working at the senior program, or providing maintenance around the building.

But after he tripped at home during a serious accident that left him with a broken wrist, fractured neck and damaged vertebrae in which he was life flighted to the nearest hospital, Captain Susan Thwaite is stepping up to help him through a tough time.

“If I need anything, they take care of me, especially now since I got hurt,” Robbie said. “I live by myself, and since this happened, Captain Sue has been taking me to the doctor and she was there for me during my surgeries.”

He was in and out of the hospital for two weeks, with no family nearby to help. Captain Sue came to the hospital, prayed with him, and continues to support him in getting to appointments during recovery.

Captain Sue first met Robbie 8 years ago when he came in for an emergency food box. Shortly after, he connected to The Salvation Army’s Senior Employment Program and began work there.

“He was a great asset as he had worked in the steel mills and has many skills,” Captain Sue said. “When he was released from the hospital, we brought him home with us to recoup. Robbie has become a part of our family over the years. He is no longer eligible for the senior work program but continues to be at the building helping anytime he can. I feel that being able to help him now is a blessing to all of us.”

Robbie said he appreciates his Salvation Army family and all they are doing to help him recover from his accident.

“I don’t know where I would be without them, especially with the condition I am in,” Robbie said. “People who work at The Salvation Army help you out. They go out of their way to help people.”

Any donation amount makes a difference. Click here to give to The Salvation Army Monessen Worship and Service Center online Red Kettle today.


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