Salvation Army Premiers Moving Testimonial at the Giving Hope Gala
Tight Line Productions (TLP) recently produced a video for Salvation Army’s Sue M. Pridmore Center for Women and Children, which premiered at the Fifth Annual Giving Hope Gala last Saturday. Salvation Army does a lot for the Melbourne community, and one of the ways they help is through a program for homeless women with or without children.
The program provides a safe haven for local Brevard women and children who have nowhere to live. The Sue M. Pridmore Center not only offers shelter, food and emotional support to these struggling families, the staff also helps the women in the program set goals for themselves such as getting a job, enrolling in school, or getting their children back. The staff at Salvation Army works with these women to help them achieve their goals and become productive, self-sufficient individuals.
“They get a lot of structure, which some of the women and the children haven’t experienced before…there are a lot of women who don’t have a place to live, and this gives them somewhere to put their heads at night and know that they are safe.” Jennifer Brandon, Housing Manager at the Sue M. Pridmore Center, explains.
The emotionally charged testimonial was directed by Mark Lewis, C.E.O. of TLP and produced by Anthony DeMalia, Production Manager at TLP. It weaves together three stories of local women who lost their homes due to various circumstances and sought refuge at the Sue M. Pridmore Center. It tells a story of hope, inspiration, recovery and healing.
“It taught me how to be a better parent, a better person, a better mother. We learned who we were, and I could not have done it without these people in my life. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in me, and that’s the truth.” said Michelle Lee Willabee, recent graduate of the Salvation Army program.
After Mark and Anthony shot and produced the testimonial, they reflected on their experiences working with the staff, women and children at Salvation Army during the video shoot.
“It’s always an honor to be able to help organizations that are truly helping the community, The Sue M. Pridmore Center is a very special gem that Brevard county is lucky to have. The Salvation Army’s Sue M. Pridmore Center helps change the lives of these women and their children. You can hear in their voices and see on their faces how grateful the women are to have a place to stay and people that genuinely care for their well-being.” Mark said
Anthony and his wife attended the Giving Hope Gala, where the video he helped create was shown to hundreds of people in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Sue M. Pridmore Center. At TLP we value our community, which is why we are always excited to help out with charitable causes like this one. We are proud to partner with Salvation Army, and we strive to continue making a positive impact in the lives of people in Brevard, FL.
“It was really moving to meet these women and to hear their stories. It was brave of them to share intimate details of what they were going through and talk about some of the hardest times of their lives. The fact that they were willing to share their stories on camera in order to help other women struggling with similar situations was really touching, and I am glad I was able to get involved with this project” Anthony commented.
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