Jennifer’s story:
a life rebuilt on courage, strength, & determination

At Samaritan Community, people turn to us for help in their darkest times. But what we often see is that they are the ones who ultimately help themselves. Members do the hard work needed to make a better life for themselves and their families. Staff simply provide the tools and emotional support. A perfect example of this is our friend and Samaritan member, Jennifer.

   Sharon, Samaritan Program Director, takes calls from hundreds of people - like Jennifer - who are facing crisis. She provides our members with the knowledge, tools, and emotional support needed to rebuild their lives.

Sharon, Samaritan Program Director, takes calls from hundreds of people - like Jennifer - who are facing crisis. She provides our members with the knowledge, tools, and emotional support needed to rebuild their lives.

“When I realized I was in deep trouble was when he kept hurting me day after day with his words, actions, and finally his hands...I was so afraid. is went on for four years, thinking we could go to marriage counseling, or talk to our pastor, but he didn’t want to comply,” remembers Jennifer. “One night, I really prayed to have my life and my son’s spared, and to give me the courage to leave. I did it...I’m safe now.”

This incredibly brave move meant Jennifer had to use all of her resources to secure an apartment for her and her son. She had no money left and food was running low. at’s when she reached out.

“One day, I pondered over my life as to who were good samaritans and while online, the name ‘Samaritan’ jumped right out at me,” she says. “So, I called Samaritan Community. Ms. Sharon answered the phone. She was kind and understanding. I was so grateful to hear a kind voice, contrary to the physical and verbal abuse I had endured during my marriage.”

Samaritan was able to help Jennifer and her son with food, clothing, and help with the rent and other expenses during this tremendously difficult time. Because of her hard work and perseverance, she now has a job in education helping children with learning disabilities.

“I’m very excited how my life is turning out! I prayed for better days and I’ve gotten just that,” she says. “I am forever grateful for the love and compassion!”

All of us at Samaritan are very proud of Jennifer and all that she has overcome and accomplished.

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