Couple helped during their Time of Need Pay it Forward in Puerto Rico Over the Holidays

/EIN News/ -- CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On November 28th, Mark Ruff and Trish Williams from Clearwater flew to Puerto Rico to help rebuild the island, paying forward the help they received more than a year ago by the Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers
The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) in Puerto Rico (Mark and Trish Center). These volunteers have been delivering supplies, food, clearing roads and helping people deal with their losses after Hurricane Maria. More than 100 VMs from around the United States have gone to assist Puerto Rico following Maria's devastation.


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In 2016, Mark Ruff and Trish Williams relocated from Maine to Clearwater to get a brand new start. They said that despite submitting job application after job application – they could not find jobs and things were getting tighter and tighter. Their funds had been eaten away staying at motels night after night for months and eventually they ended up on the streets.

“We visited the Scientology Information Center. Amber, the manager of the Center directed us on how to get our life back on track. The positive support and encouragement that we received from Amber and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers headed us in the right direction and we both got jobs and stable housing again.”  Trish became a server at a local restaurant and Mark got his Commercial Drivers License for the state of Florida and began driving trucks again.

In September 2017, they witnessed the disaster relief efforts by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) in downtown Clearwater where Hurricane Irma hit.

Then, when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Mark and Trish decided to join the Scientology Volunteers and help restore the island to normalcy. Mark is also a trained Emergency Management Technician, and is licensed to operate heavy machinery, skills which are very much needed in Puerto Rico.

“You know, we’re thankful that we’re able to go and help,” Mark said.  “All I kept thinking was – ‘We gotta help these people. There are roads that are been closed due to fallen trees and there are supplies that need to be delivered – but they lack drivers. This is something I’ve got to do.’ I want to thank the Church of Scientology for their help in getting us back on our feet, and now we can pay it forward and do the same to others in need.”

To learn more about the Scientology Information Center and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers please contact Amber Skjelset at (727) 467-6966 or email amber@cos.flag.org.

About the Church of Scientology:

The Scientology religious philosophy was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, in 167 nations. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization, and actively do all they can to help achieve this.

For more information please visit www.scientology-fso.org.

For More Information
Contact:  Amber Skjelset
727-467-6966

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