St. Louis (KSDK) - On a day when we pause to be thankful, one St. Louis woman is grateful she can once again pass the tradition of Thanksgiving on to her children.
This time last year Samantha Watson was living in a shelter.
She lost her job in 2010 and soon after, her home, car and just about everything else belonging to her and her two boys.
This year, with help from the St. Patrick's Center, they once again have a place of their own.
Watson and her boys are just one of 93 families the St. Patrick's Center has helped in the last year with job training and housing vouchers through Project Protect.
"I didn't have a way to pay the bills, go back to school," said Watson. "I just felt inadequate as a mom that I wasn't providing for my children. I didn't have the resource. I'm very proud to let them know no matter how far down you might fall there's always a possibility and a chance for you to get up and do it again."
Watson is still looking for work. She says this is the longest she's been without a job since she was 15, but the last couple years have taught her to stay positive and she's confident she's on the right track.