DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Deanne Jones grew up in the small fishing village of Gander, Newfoundland and at a very young age she knew she wanted to work for the Salvation Army.
“At five-years-old, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that’s what I wanted to do so I had my life planned at that point,” Jones said.
After meeting officers in training that were stationed in her home town, she decided she was going to pursue her dream of helping others and after college, went right to Houston to get to work.
“I had an opportunity to work with the Salvation Army in Houston, Texas,” She said. “So I had already moved halfway across my own country and then I decided to. I was young, I was like you only live once.”
That is where she met her husband Nathan, who is also a captain for the Salvation Army.
“I believe that we’re soulmates,” She said. “You know we’re best friends. We like to hang out with each other. We like to be around each other.”
On top of being a wife and a Salvation Army Captain, Deanne is also a mother of three and has had lots of experience of balancing work and home life.
“I think I always thought balancing was you know, the scale has to always be even,” She said. “But sometimes I have to put more focus in my families life. I have to really focus on being a mom at this point for my children. Or now I really have to focus on something that my job is calling me to do. So balance is interesting.”
Deanne spoke on the difficulties that came with her job. On top of finding the balance was having to put up a tough front and it took her a while to build up that thick skin.
“So I was just always battling within myself and it just took time,” She said. “Time and experiences to not be so affected by what people said, how they reacted to what I did.”
But at the end of the day, Deanne explained that she wouldn’t have her life any other way and is grateful for the time she spends with her loved ones and the ones she can help by showing love.
“Just being with them, sitting beside someone or helping everyone get the resources together to help someone. So in that moment it just continues to be validation that I’m where I need to be,” She finished.