Remembering a Samaritan Saint: Robert Trautman

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Robert Trautman lived a long and fulfilled life, but he also helped others do the same. After retiring from his correspondent position at Reuters, Robert Trautman learned about Samaritan Ministry through his parish, the Church of the Epiphany. “At my church, there was a notice on the board for volunteers at Samaritan Ministry. So, I started working there,” Robert said. He began volunteering with us in 1997 as a front office coordinator and as a caseworker, and stayed for over 20 years. He felt moved to help those in need. “I have always empathized with people,” he said, but he realized that “empathy is not enough. It’s important to do something and help.” And help he did! Robert is remembered fondly for being kind, generous, and patient, and he enjoyed listening and talking with participants. Robert was truly a lifelong giver, and we at Samaritan Ministry appreciate his time and effort in helping our participants strengthen their skills and grow as individuals.