The Salvation Army moves the obstacles for a woman in Maryland

Apr 25, 2019 | by Brad Rowland

The Salvation Army moves the obstacles for a woman in Maryland

Lisa Turner previously lived in Arkansas and moved back to Havre de Grace, Maryland, last August to be closer to her family and friends. She paid a moving company $3,000 to pack and ship her belongings to Havre de Grace.

After a month without word of her belongings, Lisa realized something had gone seriously awry. Against Lisa's request, the moving company had taken her belongings to Texas.

In addition to the $3,000 she had already paid, the company allegedly told her to pay an additional $2,000 to obtain her possessions – her furniture, belongings of her two young grandsons who she has custody of and her electric wheelchair.

In desperate need of reclaiming her things, Lisa got connected with an attorney from the Maryland Crime Victim Resource Center. That attorney, in turn, had a connection with The Salvation Army's Southern Territorial Headquarters.

THQ referred the case to Lieutenants Bo and Wendy Parsons, corps officers of Havre de Grace Corps.

After endless phone calls, emails and paperwork, Lieutenants Bo and Wendy had PODS portable moving and storage units dropped at the storage facility in Texas; arranged to have Lisa's possessions moved into the PODS; and then had the PODS transported to Maryland.

On March 12, the PODS were delivered to The Salvation Army Havre de Grace Corps. Lieutenant Bo, along with four residents from The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore, emptied the PODS into a 26-foot U-Haul truck and personally moved Lisa's belongings into her new home in Havre de Grace.

In a thank-you letter to Lieutenant Wendy, Lisa wrote: "As I shut down the house for bed, there on the floor by the front door was a small silver cross, & it made me think of you. I once again realized how blessed we were throughout this whole event.
An angel on earth truly saved us with an army of warriors by her side!

"Words can't express how you have touched our lives. The boys have lost everything in their lives over & over before I got them. I was the one sustainable constant & I let them down. You made me a hero again. This undertaking was huge figuratively & financially! I just hope I can convey somehow that in meeting you I feel forever changed … true blessings & humanity do exist alongside the ugly we sometimes encounter but come with a greater force of goodness.

"Sincerely…thank you & The Salvation Army for making us whole once again."

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