Relationship with agency lasts

11/23/2013 12:08 PM

12/08/2013 9:20 AM

Dolores Corley welcomes you into her home with a hug.

“Call me Didi,” she says, explaining that there were so many Doloreses in her elementary school class that she wanted to stand out.

Corley, 63, moved to Turlock in 1999. It was Jan. 5, her birthday.

Knowing nobody in town and having little, she asked her neighbors who she could call. They advised her to get in touch with the United Samaritans Foundation.

She made the call, outlined her plight and mentioned it was her birthday. That day, a volunteer, Judy, arrived with a box of food “and they even sent me a birthday cake.”

The relationship that started then continues to this day, though Judy has passed away. Didi gets food boxes and meals from United Samaritans, and in return, she has talked with staff about helping with painting classes.

“I’m on Social Security. I just don’t have enough money,” she said. “United Samaritans is really good.”

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