Bridget's Story

Bridget* has been visiting Samaritan Ministry off and on for over 12 years to receive encouragement for employment and other personal goals. Throughout her time as a Next Step Program participant, she has had some very successful stretches of employment, one lasting over three years. Passionate about helping others, Bridget’s employment focus has been on healthcare and services for those with developmental disabilities. Her background in healthcare has allowed her to maintain part time employment working as an aid and advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is currently working to find full time employment.

Throughout the years, Samaritan Ministry has helped Bridget obtain her GED certificate, birth certificate and Social Security card, become current on her health needs, apply for SNAP benefits (food stamps), and register to vote. In addition to actively participating in the Next Step Program, Samaritan Ministry has had the pleasure of celebrating the holidays with Bridget and her five grandchildren, as they have attended our Participant Christmas party a number of times over the years.

Bridget maintains a very positive attitude, even in times of struggle and transition. Her love of life, family and community shines through in every conversation, and with continued effort she will surely see her goals accomplished through the Next Step Program.

*Name has been changed for privacy.