Finding Hope in Each Other
After the unexpected and shocking murder of her husband Germaine last summer, it took all the strength Samira had just to keep herself and her two young daughters going.
“We had to pray together, cry together, be strong for one another. Those three things helped us stay together. There were times when I thought I couldn’t go on, but then I saw my girls be strong for me, and that that gave me energy to keep pushing.”
As the family grieved, mounting financial worries began to add to their emotional stress. Samira struggled to support the family herself, but the bills started to pile up “higher than the roof.”
Unable to find any organizations that could help and uncertain what to do, she googled “help for widows” in a moment of desperation. One of the first hits was the Liz Logelin Foundation. Finally, she had found a source of relief.
The first thing Samira will do with a grant from the foundation is get back on top of her household bills. Things have gotten so bad that when her car got a flat tire, she had to start walking and taking the bus rather than pay to get it fixed. Once these basic needs are met, Samira would love to do something special for her daughters. Both of their birthdays are in the early summer, right before the first anniversary of their father’s passing. It’s going to be a delicate and emotional time for the family.
“As long as I can remember, they’ve wanted to go to Disney Land”, Samira said. “When it all comes down to it, just spending time as a family doing something fun would be wonderful.”
“I am honored to be able to tell my story if it can help even just one other person who is in my position. I’ve come a very very long way. In times like this, you have to believe in something. Prayer, hope, whatever it takes, you have to believe.”
Samira’s story was written by Rachel Nelson who lives and writes in Minneapolis.