Four years ago, Laura Davis began her freshman year at Georgetown University. She was undecided on a major and a career path but knew she wanted to join APO, Georgetown’s co-ed community service fraternity, where she first heard of Samaritan Inns.
While Laura didn’t know much about the issues Samaritan Inns’ residents face every day in addiction and in recovery, she knew the most important part of volunteering with our residents: listening.
“I feel like people who are suffering from addictions to drugs and alcohol are not always heard because people just don’t take the time to talk to them. They are just the nicest people who have just had a hard time in life,” Laura shared, “I just find everything they have to say is super interesting. It keeps me wanting to come back.”
And she has. Laura faithfully served our residents throughout her stay at Georgetown University.
One day, while at the Verizon Center for a basketball game, Laura ran into an alumnus of our 28-day program. He hugged her and thanked her for her support.
“At the time, when you’re just sitting and talking with them, it may not seem like a lot, but, to them it means so much,” Laura said. As great as the meals were that her group served to the residents in dinner fellowship, Laura found real value in the service by showing she cared and that our residents matter.
Laura is getting ready to graduate this spring from Georgetown. She’s currently applying for graduate school to study public health. Samaritan Inns is so grateful for the past years of service and her continued dedication to public issues. We can’t think of a better person for the field!
In recovery, it takes a team working together to achieve success. Residents at Samaritan Inns have counselors, sponsors, monitors, and a recovery coach to help them along their journey.
For years, Wendell teetered from recovery to relapse. As frustration built, so did the questions, distilled to the one most critical: “Why can’t I stay sober?”
Wendell found his answer: he needed a structured plan for recovery. After successfully executing his own plan, Wendell has remained clean and currently dedicates his free time as a volunteer recovery coach at Samaritan Inns.
Recovery coaches help each resident identify their needs and goals on Day 1. They present choices, identify potential obstacles, and develop plans to overcome the challenges they will face in the recovery process.
“Any choice that they work to bring to fruition is a successful choice,” Wendell said, “So I always talk to them about plan A, plan B, and even plan C. There are no bad choices.”
With a recovery coach like Wendell, when Samaritan Inns’ residents return to the world, they are prepared.