A Story of Hope: Paula

Apr 7, 2021 | by The Salvation Army

Paula is currently the Administrative Assistant at the Pasadena Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) and a loving mother. However, it took many years of hard work and discipline to get where she is at today. Before entering the ARC program, Paula knew she had a substance abuse problem, but felt so lost and too caught in the moment to get the help she so desperately needed. Luckily for her, a few of Paula’s family members referred her to The Salvation Army ARC and she entered the program with a willingness to grow, something she hadn’t allowed herself to do in a very long time.

Although there were times she felt that she was taking one step forward and then two steps back, Paula knew that God was there to support her and move her forward in her journey of self-discovery and betterment. For her, the ARC program felt like a self-improvement bootcamp and a chance to work on herself, so she could be there for her family and loved ones. Paula knows that she wouldn’t have been able to be such a big part of her daughters’ lives without the program. She believes she would have slowly disappeared from her kids’ lives if she hadn’t found God and the path to recovery. Now, an alumna of the ARC program, Paula is closer to her daughters than ever before and even introduced them to the power of God.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to bring awareness to the public about the danger of alcohol abuse and to encourage those struggling with alcohol abuse to seek treatment. If you or a loved one need support from our Adult Rehabilitation Center, please visit https://gethelp.salvationarmyusa.org/.


About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 127 years in the United States. More than 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 7,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmy-socal.org.

Recent Stories

Get Involved

Subscribe to receive more stories, directly in your inbox!


A gift to The Salvation Army helps someone in your community.

Give Now



Do Good in your community

Find Worship

Join us throughout the week for worship, fellowship, Bible study, meals, community service and fun.