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Samaritan House Helps Residents Conquer Homelessness

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KALISPELL - Summer is upon us and the growing number of homeless people living in Flathead Valley is on the rise. ABC FOX Montana Reporter Jamie Daniel introduces us to a local resident who is dedicated to getting people off the streets and into safe homes.

They call him the good Samaritan. Every day Samaritan House Director Chris Krager goes above and beyond helping people conquer homelessness.

"I feel humbled to be here because everybody in the communities are so generous in helping us even exist at Samaritan House, donating and volunteering and to be able to make that connection to the people that need it, it's absolutely humbling," Krager said.

For more than twelve years Chris has dedicated his life to providing a safe and warm shelter to those in need.

According to a recent homeless survey conducted by United Way, more than 900 people young and old living in the valley are homeless.

"If we see somebody out who is homeless or may be potentially homeless I stop and check in to see how they are doing and if there's anything they need,"  Krager said.

For two years 25-year-old Jennifer Fry worked as a track mechanic in the U.S. Army but was later discharged for medical reasons and found herself without a home.

"When I called the Samaritan House they asked me if I was a veteran and I said yes, I came down here, and they got me in that night," Fry said.

From that moment on Jennifer said Chris and his staff made her feel welcomed, provided her with a stable home, gave her the resources to find a job and motivated her to get back in school.

"To make that connection and to see the people work through some of the biggest crisis that they have in their life are really amazing and so we see them kind of become successful conquering homelessness," Krager said.

In the fall Jennifer will begin classes at FVCC to study culinary arts. She said she is thankful to Chris and the Samaritan House for helping her get her life back on track.

Last month the Samaritan House held their 2nd annual Homeless Connect Project that offered free health and dental services to help aid homeless residents.

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