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'Change your playground' program helps struggling Montanans escape addiction

Salvation Army is making a difference with the Reintegration into Society Program


By Eric Dietrich

When Jason Keeling first walked into The Salvation Army service center in Havre, Montana, he couldn’t look Trina Crawford, its director, in the eye.

“He looked gaunt, he looked sick, he looked white, he looked dead,” Crawford said. He was homeless, he told her, sleeping in his mother’s van in 15-degree weather. And two days later he was in jail, fighting a case of pneumonia and facing a yearlong sentence as years of meth and opioid abuse caught up with him.

More than a year later, though, life is looking up for Keeling—in large part because of a program Crawfor...

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