The Salvation Army’s Enterprise Team program in Augusta, GA is a six month job and life skills training program for men who have been homeless or who have graduated from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
Solomon, a homeless man in his early 50’s, had been living on the streets for several years. He was identified by managers of The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Augusta, GA as a regular resident. Solomon showed no signs of drug or alcohol problems so it was clear he simply needed some additional assistance to get his life going in the right direction.
Solomon applied and was admitted into the Enterprise Team Skills Training Program’s inaugural class in January 2007. During the next few month Solomon worked hard learning new skills. His hard worked paid off as he earned a certification from our banking and money management program in addition to earning his forklift driver certification.
He also saw some of his counterparts tempted by old habits and associations so Solomon used his training as a pastor to counsel the other students to healthy decisions. He also worked with the program management to help adjust the program’s guidelines to best benefit its participants. At the end of the inaugural class, Solomon was provided with a home and employment by a local church – along with support services to help with the transition.
Solomon has since left the area to pursue his new dreams.