At Samaritan,
friendships blossom in even the darkest of times

  Irene gave Sharon a beautiful bouquet of white and yellow roses representing the true friendships she has found at Samaritan.

Irene gave Sharon a beautiful bouquet of white and yellow roses representing the true friendships she has found at Samaritan.

Recently, Sharon Krieger, Program Director at Samaritan, came into the office to find a huge bouquet of roses awaiting her. They were from Irene, a Samaritan member who came to us five years ago, shortly after her husband became very ill. His illness left him paralyzed and unable to keep his job as a service technician at an oil change center. It also meant he and Irene were in dire-straights.

At Samaritan, Irene was able to receive groceries, assistance with utilities and rent, as well as help moving into a wheelchair-accessible apartment. She now works part-time as a private duty- aid to seniors, and still participates in several groups when her schedule allows.

“The friendships I have made at Samaritan Community with both staff and members have sustained me through the most challenging times of my life,” says Irene. “I wanted to leave the white and yellow roses to thank Sharon for more than I could ever say. The color white stands for purity and yellow for friendship. This bouquet is to thank my Samaritan family for the pure friendship they have shown me.”

We are so proud of Irene and all that she has accomplished. And we are all tremendously grateful for her friendship as well. 

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