On a journey of helping

Living by the motto �heart to God, hand to man�, Sharon Watson has dedicated almost 20 years to helping others.

With parents who are retired Salvation Army ministers, the 44-year-old always knew she wanted to walk the same path.

The Wilson resident is now a minister with The Salvation Army supporting people spiritually and pastorally.

�We have a vision at our church of being a sanctuary and a safe place, whether that is in a spiritual sense or a practical sense,� Ms Watson said.

Ms Watson has been involved with four churches over almost two decades and said her job was challenging but also highly rewarding.

�I love the job � I get to walk alongside people and help them and encourage them,� she said.

�I love the fact that I can help people on their journey � you see people being transformed and I find that enjoyable.

�Not to say that it�s easy, because we are all quite complex.�

The Salvation Army is one of the world�s largest Christian social welfare organisations.

It has more than 1.65 million members working in about 124 countries.

The organisation helps more than one million Australians each year through a range of services.

To help make the future brighter for everyone, The Salvation Army runs an annual Red Shield Appeal.

It is hoped $74 million is raised nationally through this year�s appeal.

All donations are returned to the community through Salvation Army services and programs across Australia.

A survey of more than 2400 of the organisation�s emergency relief clients revealed homelessness and housing affordability was a big issue, with 13 per cent of respondents having no stable accommodation.

To donate to the Red Shield Appeal, call 13 72 58, donate in person at any Westpac Bank branch or post a cheque to PO Box 9888.

For more information, visit www.salvationarmy.|org.au.