2016 World Homeless Day
Loretta Ray, Caseworker Specialist at Sally’s House, received the Achiever of the Year award from the Coalition for the Homeless at the 2016 World Homeless Day Luncheon on October 12. Ray received this recognition for successfully transitioning from being homeless to being self-sufficient and being a positive role model.
Ray grew up in a toxic home environment and was homeless at age 14. For the next seventeen years, Ray would be in a cycle of homelessness, addiction, and incarceration. After being released from prison for the ninth time, Ray sought help at The Salvation Army in 2006.
Ray stayed at Sally’s House from August 2006 to March 2007. Here she learned about her addiction and how to overcome it as well as life skills like obtaining a job, budgeting, and parenting skills. Ray had a calling to help those in need and came back to Sally’s House in 2009 as a Receptionist. Ray moved up the ranks at Sally’s House and today is a Caseworker Specialist.
Personal and Professional Milestones
While working at The Salvation Army, Ray continued to reach personal milestones. In 2009, she became a proud homeowner. She also went back to school and is currently into her second year of graduate school working toward a Master of Social Work. She and her husband also opened their own freight business in 2013, Ray’s Trucking.
Congratulations Loretta on this much deserved award!