'Now, I am a lady' - Samaritan glad to get home for Christmas

Published: Tuesday | December 17, 2013 Comments 0
Josephine Herron: I enjoy Christmas, but having somewhere to live now and having people helping me and the Kiwanis Club coming in to tile my bathroom and Digicel helping, I am happy, very happy.
Josephine Herron: I enjoy Christmas, but having somewhere to live now and having people helping me and the Kiwanis Club coming in to tile my bathroom and Digicel helping, I am happy, very happy.

For 27 years, Josephine Herron has been working with street people across the Corporate Area, feeding them, combing their hair, and helping them survive the harsh realities of living on the streets of Kingston.

But what many might not have known about this good Samaritan is that she, too, was homeless throughout the years she worked with The Salvation Army to take care of those on the streets.

The 65-year-old mother of four said over the years she had to seek refuge with different family members and friends to avoid joining the people she would take care of on the streets of downtown Kingston.

However, Herron said she was now looking forward to this Christmas more than the previous years, as she now has a place of her own, thanks to Food For the Poor and The Salvation Army which have given her a home.

"This is the best time of my life! I never lived anywhere; I used to stop with sister, mother-in-law, uncle, everybody. But now, I am a lady," Herron beamed.

She said she always enjoyed Christmas and took great pleasure in taking care of the less fortunate, but the fact that she now has the keys to her own home this holiday season, she is even more delighted.

"I enjoy Christmas, but having somewhere to live now and having people helping me and the Kiwanis Club coming in to tile my bathroom and Digicel helping, I am happy, very happy," Herron added.

LIFE CHANGED

Herron said since getting her own home, her life has changed for the better, and she has even secured a part-time job.

She said she never once thought about ceasing her work on the streets, and despite her hardships, she continued to push through with the work she was doing.

"It was rough, but I still go out and smile and laugh and clap and sing and help," she said.

"Now I can open my gate and live comfortable. You can see the joy," Herron continued with glee.

Herron noted that this experience has renewed her faith in life and has encouraged her to continue her work with the homeless.

"Never give up on life, because dem say weh nuh dead nuh dash weh," Herron added.

jermaine.francis@gleanerjm.com

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