OUR MARVELOUS MEMBER, MARVA:
INSPIRED TO HELP OTHERS, SHE STARTED OUR
Marva first came to Samaritan Community about 18 months ago when a friend suggested our services, particularly our long-standing “Breakfast Club”, a weekly event during which members, staff, and volunteers come together to prepare and enjoy a meal together as well as lively conversation about things in their lives and society as a whole.
After attending her first “Breakfast” and a post-meal session of Sheng Zhen, a system of movements, meditations, and contemplations designed to cultivate love and resiliency during difficult times, Marva was hooked. Soon after that day, she became a “Breakfast” regular and a valued member of our community. She was also finding that being a member of a tight-knit community, like Samaritan, was making her happier and enriching her life a great deal.
“I met many new friends and was moved by how everyone at Samaritan Community supports each other,” recalls Marva.
Being such a generous and engaging person, Marva took the initiative and approached Sharon, Program Director, about starting a new life enrichment group that could help other members just as “Breakfast Club” helped her. Marva soon created and now leads “The Knitting Club”, which teaches participants how to loom knit, a technique that makes it possible for people with arthritis and disabilities to knit.
The group currently has about seven participants who knit beautiful hats, scarves, and more. But they’ve also created something much deeper in the process. They’ve built lasting bonds and a joyful support network for each other and other Samaritan members.
“I really was inspired by the looming class because it taught me a new experience and it's so much fun and relaxing,” says a “Knitting Club” member. “And, I love my Samaritan family.”
Our members, like Marva, help make Samaritan a better place for all who come here. Thank you, Marva!