As part of my day job as deputy director at MCSA, I write a monthly column for the Muscatine Journal about the residents, staff and board members at MCSA and the issues and opportunities they face. This profile of resident Sam Suiter was in Wednesday’s Journal.
MUSCATINE, Iowa – Sam Suiter takes his success in stride – one step at a time as he strives for self-sufficiency and a place of his own.
“I’ve been going forward so well here lately. When I first started staying here, I was a failure, drinking and getting into trouble with staff,” said Suiter, 37, a resident since March 2014 in MCSA’s Overnight/Emergency Housing Program. “I’ve been doing a lot better.”
Last month, Suiter received a promotion at Wholesale Food Outlet in Muscatine, where he has worked part time since June. His goal in the next 12 months is to get his own apartment, pay old court fines and bills and get back the driver’s license he hasn’t had since 2006, when he was convicted on charges of operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
“The fines, I’d like to finish paying them off, pay the $200 to the DOT to get my license back,” he said.
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