A LIFE CUT TOO SHORT BUT HIS DETERMINATION & GRATITUDE TOUCHED MANY
In 1972, when he was only 16 years old, Franklin made a terrible mistake. As a result, he spent the next 44 years in prison. When released, Franklin quickly found work and was motivated to build a positive life, despite the hurdles he faced.
In time, members of the Samaritan family and friends of Franklin, Roger and Sandra Fink, brought him to Samaritan. Franklin then became the first member to receive assistance through our Farnham-Krieger Endowment Fund, which is designed to provide qualified members who face complex challenges, like Franklin, with a greater investment in their long-term stability.
Sharon Krieger, Program Director, and those at Samaritan Community helped Franklin with a portion of his rent as well as nutritious food, clothing, mentoring, and case management.
“I have been so moved by the support and love that Sharon and everyone at Samaritan Community has shown me. I can’t tell you just how much it has meant to me,” said Franklin.
Very sadly, Franklin died of a heart attack this February, after only being a part of our community for about six months. Yet, Franklin was very clear that those were the happiest and proudest months of his life. After an entire adult life without a real home or a family to care about him, Franklin not only found a home, but also a family through Samaritan Community.
“Franklin was as motivated to improve his life as anyone I can remember working with,” recalls Sharon. “He amazed us all with his determination, discipline, and gratitude for every kindness and bit of help that came his way.”
The reason Samaritan Community exists is to support and help people to achieve the independent and productive lives they work hard to attain. And we can think of no better example of this than Franklin.