I want to share a story about a woman who knows how it feels “to lose everything.”
Twenty years ago, Gloria (name changed for privacy) was “running the streets.” She had given up custody of her two young sons. Struggling with substance abuse, she slept on park benches, in cardboard boxes, even on the subway.
But then, Gloria said, “I just got sick and tired of the madness.” She entered a treatment facility and began the hard work of turning her life around.
Today, Gloria is not only clean and sober, she has reconnected with her children. As she says, “I am a proud mom and grandma!” Her happy ending comes from her own hard work but would have been almost impossible without an array of physical and emotional resources, including those provided by Good Sam.
Not only did Gloria get her life on track, she joined the Good Samaritan Haven staff to help others. She is now our longest-serving staff member!
Gloria is a beacon of hope and an inspiration to our guests. “I am always telling my story about being homeless, and the changes I had to make to get where I am today,” she told me. “I always say, ‘keep the faith and believe.’”
Homelessness is a huge hurdle, but stories like Gloria’s lift us, give hope, and help us to do our best for those experiencing the trauma of homelessness.
You give us hope, too, through your many acts of generosity. A gift today will help us prepare for winter and provide dignified, supportive shelter at this time of great and growing need.
Together, we can support the unsheltered in building many more happy endings.
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