"I’m 32. I came down from Washington, D.C., to Denver looking for a change in my life. I got really depressed. I picked up everything I had and went to Colorado in February 2020. I didn’t really have a plan. I stayed with a nice lady for a while. My 10-year-old daughter came down three months later. Then it took a turn for the worse. My daughter and I found ourselves outside late at night with all of our things and nowhere to go.
We stayed in a motel for a couple of weeks with the help of our pastor and a voucher. I got on my phone, and I looked up family shelters. Outside Samaritan House, we were so nervous and so scared. We didn't know if they were going to turn us away. I was down on my luck. A nice young lady came out and said they had a room for us. I almost cried. I couldn't believe it.
Samaritan House was a dream come true for me, because I heard through the program we could eventually get housing. It was that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I was eager to follow the rules and do whatever I had to do to stay in the program. I had to always go over and beyond to show them I’m not lazy and I do take initiative.
Samaritan House gave us a nice warm place to stay, three meals a day. On the weekend, activities for children, and reading the Bible. I ran into a bump in the road, because I had some substances in my system, but they didn't kick me out. They worked with me and I got in some programs and got to learn a lot about myself. I was suffering from a lot of hurt. I was suffering from a lot of pain. I was suffering from a lot of anxiety.
I got myself together, started working a security job. I did 13-hour shifts and just really got motivated. And they helped me find housing. Now we are in an apartment. I was able to get clothes, a microwave and pots and pans from the donation center at Samaritan House.
Samaritan House has helped me a great deal. If you take advantage, it’s bar none. It’s all about your attitude when you go in. I'm on the right track and I've never been on this track in my life. You know, Samaritan House has given me an opportunity and a chance of a lifetime.
Thank you so much. And please donate. Give help to somebody to get them where they've never been before and live the way they've never lived. I'm just overjoyed and I'm thankful. God bless you all.”