We are the world here in San Mateo County. We have residents from all over the planet, and they have loved ones whom they support emotionally and often financially in so many places. Unfortunately, when disaster strikes almost anywhere, you can be sure that it hits home to some of our neighbors. The people we serve at Samaritan House are certainly the rule, rather than the exception. We have people we care deeply about in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. And while we have watched their tragedies unfold, they are far from over.
Can you imagine someone struggling so hard to live here while sending money back to relatives there to help them survive, and now this extra hardship? We can, because we see it here among our neighbors every day now.
On behalf of all of us at Samaritan House, our thoughts are with those with friends or loved ones affected by recent events.
Bart Charlow, Samaritan House CEO