Compassionate woman helps homeless, pregnant teen with shelter and job interview to get ready for new baby
We almost all know that feeling when we pass someone on the street who needs help. It’s a feeling older than even the beloved parable from the Gospel of Luke. We want to help, but too often we just avoid eye contact and continue with our lives.
But every once in a while, we find someone who doesn’t walk away, that doesn’t pretend like nothing is wrong — and it inspires us all to be a little better.
That perfectly describes the story of Anna Szabo. As she was driving home one day in Atlanta, Georgia. she passed by a homeless teen with purple hair. She was crying — and pregnant.
Almost instantly, Anna felt a connection to this woman. 10 years ago, she herself found herself homeless, pregnant as a teen, and even attempted suicide on two separate occasions, so she had some idea on what she must be going through.
In fact, it was Anna’s experiences that led her to found Online Discipleship for Women, a Christian ministry dedicated to helping women overcome depression suicidal thoughts.
“God’s voice was calling me to help the woman,” said Anna. “However, due to the traffic, I had to keep driving. As soon as I could, I turned around.”
The teen’s name was Jami Curtis. At first, she didn’t even notice Anna walking up to her. After introducing herself, however, she told her story. She was 19, 28 weeks pregnant, and a recent victim of domestic violence. At that point, she had been on the street for approximately four months.
“I’ve been sleeping outside in the cold on the concrete,” said Jami in an interview with WFTV. There’s a lot of sex trafficking, so I was trying to protect myself from a lot of stuff,” she said.
“Jami was genuinely weeping while we talked, and my heart was broken for her,” said Anna. “I knew that God uniquely equipped and prepared me to help this homeless pregnant teenage girl.”
It wasn’t long before Anna decided to act. “I had to think fast. It was below 50⁰F outside, and Jami also had some pregnancy complications. I wanted her to have a chance at life.”
The first thing to do was get Jami fed. “I walked to North River Tavern, asked for the manager, Jason, and requested a lunch donation for Jami. Jason. The manager, disappeared for a moment and reappeared with a hot fresh lunch. He gave it to Jami for free, and his kindness touched my heart.”
While inside the tavern, Anna called 911 — Jami had no prenatal care for months — and called the local shelters to see if there was any space available. With no luck, Anna turned to Facebook while Jami was receiving care at the hospital.
The response was overwhelming. Within two hours, her post was shared by 15 people across various social media platforms. Three hours later, Anna received a phone call from Mary Catherine, who was a board member at Solomon’s Temple and said they would have a home for her.
“Mary Catherine agreed to visit Jami at Wellstar North Fulton, take her a homemade dinner, and pay for her Uber to the shelter,” said Anna. “She was so kind. I saved Mary Catherine’s phone number in my contacts as “’Angel from God.’”
But they didn’t stop there. In the following days they took Jamie shopping to buy clothing such as boots, an appropriate outfit for an arranged job interview at Walmart, belts, jeans, gloves, and hygiene products.
Everywhere they looked they saw kindness. The Walmart manager, a woman named Lilian who was seven months pregnant herself, negotiated provided Jami coat, panties, two bras, socks, and a professional white shirt for Jami. To get her Jami’s hair done, hairdresser Kimberley Summerlin volunteered her services.
“I have two boys and I don’t know what I’d do without my parents’ help, so I wanted to help,” said Kimberley.
Today, Jami and her baby Aulani, due February 10, 2020, are healthy and back on their feet. Jami writes keep track of all of the kindnesses offered to her in her journal, and she plans to pay everyone back for the warmth they showed her in her moment of need.
Anna hopes her story with Jami can inspire others to lend a helping hand. “[God] called me to help through kindness,” she said. “If I can do it, so can you. You can be kind. Your kindness matters. You can make a difference by being kind to others.”