Woman's life saved after helping others find clothes
DURANT, Okla (KTEN) -- A program that began five years ago, saved a woman's life and now she's working to pay it forward.
"He helped me out of my depression and save my life," said Professional Clothes Closet worker, Lena Maturino.
The District Nine Professional Clothes Closet began when elders of the Choctaw Nation brought in suits to help others.
"When you interview for a job, you want to look sharp and then when you start a career job, it's so expensive and it puts that pressure on you, that burden, that we try to take away," said District Nine Tribal Councilman, James Dry.
Although the closet was intended to help find professional clothing for a job interview, it made an impact in other ways.
In 2016, Lena Maturino received unexpected news. She had cancer.
"I felt sorry for myself. I got depressed. I didn't want to see nobody. I didn't want to talk to nobody."
Councilman James Dry helped her return back to the community center and when she made the return, he had an offer to make.
"James came out with the clothes closet. He said I think you would be good for it," said Maturino. He said you know everybody. You know what people like. So, if you want it, I want you to try it out. So, I did, and that's what got me out of my depression."
To this day, Lena is cancer free and continues to help others.