Samuel’s House provides emergency shelter and is a transitional facility providing temporary-to-long term housing with supportive services and resources for women with or without children. Angel had just gained custody of her children, after a custody battle with the father for nearly 2 years; where he had them and lost them to the State. Due to her having to stay home, she lost hours at work, and since then has had a hard time getting back on her feet financially and got very behind on all her bills. It has been hard finding her assistance as she was working part time so would be denied.
I met Angel at the dock with Marlin Scott, owner of Fish Monster charter fleet. Over the years, Marlin and his wife have helped support the Foundation in many ways. After my father died, and the foundation was formed, his wife Dianne asked to interview me. She wanted to talk about growing up with one of best fisherman of all time and what we plan to do with the Foundation. I was surprised that people were interested in my story. I mention this because our relationship has grown exponentially since then. They understand love and loss all too well, and unfortunately, having that in common has brought us even closer.