I’m Rick and this is my daughter, Marie. She’s 7 years old. We’re moving in to our own apartment this week. We’ve been staying on the family floor at Samaritan House shelter until we could get back on our feet. I was kicked out of my Lakewood apartment and we ended up in a hotel. I tried to make ends meet by driving for Uber, but we needed to get stabilized. The best part of Samaritan House is they helped me get her on a schedule. I was in combat arms in the army for seven years while in Germany. I now struggle with multiple sclerosis because of some nerve damage. They’ve adjusted to meet our needs here. There’s always someone to talk to. As long as you follow the program, they’re supportive of everyone. I took classes including love and logic, housing 101 and more. I made lots of friends and we’ll continue to be friends. My goal every day is to put a smile on your face. It’s exciting to box our things up to move out, but there’s also a sorrow of moving on. We got to know people in a short time at Samaritan House.