Couple who was homeless starts charity to help homeless
COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - When Sam Landis was on the streets trying to survive for 20 years, he probably didn't think being homeless would turn into a way to help others.
Landis found a way out of a difficult life. He's now married to his soulmate, Susan. They often have a car packed full of donations. Sam and Susan started a nonprofit called Maslow's Army.
Susan said, "Our organization is a group of peer mentors who go out on the streets and we work with people that are homeless, mentally ill, suffering from addiction."
The charity is named after psychologist Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of human needs. They've had advocates volunteering their time to help, like Joe Abbott who set up the couple's business plan. Maslow's Army helps with resources like where to get medical care and food. They've even made a guide for the homeless. The team is available 24 hours a day.
Sam said, "We need to be there for them, not set an appointment where we can be there two weeks from now."
This work is close to their hearts. The Landises know what it's like to be homeless. Sam was homeless for 20 years and Susan had to sleep in a pick-up truck at times. That was before they met and that is behind them now.
Sam and Susan met as students at Gateway Community and Technical College. They are both committed to learning as much as they can… getting their education. Through that meeting, the couple formed a bond. It's a bond that helps others find what they need to live a better life.
"I know we can't save them all, but if we can just help that one person get off the street or get enrolled in college, then we've really accomplish something," Susan said.
Maslow's Army could always use volunteers and donations to help more people in need.