Sunday Stories: Natalie’s Story

It’s a new year for Natalie.

In the summer of 2017, Natalie’s husband of over 40 years passed away. She immediately found herself unsure of how to navigate life without him. Her finances spiraled out of control, and Natalie lost her home. Unsure of where to go, she sought refuge with a person whom she thought was a friend – but actually ended up embezzling her remaining savings.

Without a friend in the world and desperately missing the love of her life, Natalie met a community volunteer who told her about Samaritan Place – and suggested they might be able to help. Thanks to the recent Samaritan Place expansion, Natalie was quickly placed in our emergency housing program.

Natalie’s case manager has connected her to numerous community resources that are helping her receive the benefits and support she needs to get back on her own two feet. She has made genuine friends at Samaritan Place with many of the other residents. Natalie has enjoyed the visiting carolers and countless community volunteers that have given gifts of their time and talents to create a beautiful Christmas season at Samaritan Place.

“My heart was empty and I was feeling so alone – until I found this place. Samaritan Place is a blessing for me, and so many others like me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”

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