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Jerry wanted to go to his Senior Prom

As most of us learn early, life is not fair. Some people are dealt “very bad hands”. Jerry is, unfortunately, a person whose life has been riddled with trouble and pain. Jerry was born in Kenya, Africa, and tragically, he witnessed his mother’s... read more


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Meet Michele, a graduate from The Samaritan Inn

In this video, Christina shares her journey through homelessness and the difference The Samaritan Inn has made in her family’s life.

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Gloria had been renting apartments for the past couple of years with her husband. Due to complications early on in her pregnancy, she was unable to continue work. A single income was not enough for them to maintain their rent, so Gloria and her husband were evicted from their apartment. A family friend was able to assist for a short time, but the living situation became overwhelming and they again found themselves with nowhere to go. In mid-April Gloria, her husband and their 2 children arrived at the Inn. Marriages often experience struggles and theirs was no different. In their case, Gloria's husband was unable to cope with all the stress. Suddenly, Gloria took on the role of a single-parent to her 6-year-old daughter and newborn baby boy.

Gloria prioritized finding employment. She attended the job readiness seminar and took classes online to renew her pharmacy tech certification. Gloria recently obtained a full-time position, allowing her the opportunity to afford housing in Collin County. This position could potentially help her re-enter the pharmacy field as desired.

Gloria's parenting skills are also developing. Childhood trauma experienced in her past made it difficult to bond with her children. She attends parenting classes regularly and states, "I have learned so much. I didn't know how to discipline my children properly before and I am learning new ways to do so now." Gloria's caseworker has noticed a drastic improvement in her attachment with her children.

Experiencing multiple adult traumas--the sudden death of her ex-husband while in college, separation from her teenage daughter, and the recent loss of her grandparent have all impacted Gloria significantly. Through it all Gloria continues to push forward to accomplish her goals and provide for her family. She shows strength beyond measure and is learning how to cope with the obstacles in life through counseling sessions and mental health treatment.

Like many of our residents, Gloria faces some challenges including reliable transportation and child care. With a newborn, the challenge is increased. We are providing as many services to Gloria as possible, and also encouraging her to reach out to family and friends to build a support network. Gloria will begin attending financial education classes to better navigate finances while also working toward finishing up the few credits left for her bachelor's degree. Gloria's resiliency and perseverance are her greatest assets and we hope to help guide her toward maximizing both.

Thank you for your faithful support of The Inn---we are most grateful! It's because of generous people like you that we are able to assist individuals and families like Gloria's.
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