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Voices from the LGBT Community: Jacquelynn Massengill

Please do not believe the rumors. The Salvation Army does not discriminate against members of the LGBT community. Stop by any Salvation Army location, anytime, to see for yourself. Or read this story.

Or take it from members of the LGBT community themselves:

Jacquelynn Massengill, 55, used to live at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Shelter in Minneapolis. She arrived from Indiana to escape a domestic violence situation. During the 18 months she lived there, she became Harbor Light Volunteer of the Year.

“I called (Harbor Light) and told them everything – that I was on a fixed income, disabled, transgendered and trying to get away from my ex,” Jacquelynn said. “It wasn’t even an hour later that they called back and said they’d hold a spot for me. I arrived with nothing but a hope to start my life over and a desire to be strong again. A year and a half later, I was back on my feet. Living there was drama-free and I was never disrespected. I’ll go to my grave thanking The Salvation Army.”