PASCO, Wash. -The Salvation
Army says the number of families it helps has leveled off, but the profile of
those families has changed.
Out of the 300 families
that come in each month looking for food, clothing and other assistance, commanding
officer Julio Valasquez says more of them have jobs--sometimes more than one
job--but still can't make ends meet.
"They are living paycheck to
paycheck," Valasquez says. "Sometimes these are first-timers who are using this
kind of services. Sometimes their hours have been cut down and they basically are
looking for ways to keep on surviving."
Along with food, clothing, and furniture, the Salvation Army also helps struggling families
come up with the rent on time.