Samaritans reach out to unemployed woman at hotel

Tuesday August 2, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- After reading the story of Alexandra Jarrin's plight in the weekend edition of the Reformer, more than a dozen people came to her aid.

With just hours left before she would have had to check out of the Motel 6 room she's called home on and off for the past year, people stopped by the front desk to pay for another night's stay ... and another ... and another.

Because of the generosity of people in the area, Jarrin can now stay until Wednesday, when she'll have to leave the motel for 24 hours before returning, a requirement of state law, she said.

"I couldn't sleep," Jarrin said Saturday. "I was fully prepared to empty my room at noon."

When she found out so many people had come to her aid once again, her eyes filled with tears.

"For a single woman having to sleep in her car ... it's a treacherous thought," she said.

Jarrin went from a $70,000 salary as director of client services for a communications company to living on the brink of having her car repossessed. She lost her job in March 2008 after her position was outsourced to the Philippines.

While some people paid for a night or two, others dropped off some cash, enough for her to make at least one car payment before it's potentially repossessed.

One woman from Chicago and another from Utah said they were willing to provide a place for Jarrin to stay but knew it probably wasn't likely because of her need to be in Vermont where her healthcare is taken care of.

Jarrin, who lived in the Windham County area for nearly 20 years, moved back to Vermont about a year ago after spending roughly three years in New York and then more than a year in Tennessee after losing her job.

She suffers from hyperparathyroidism, a condition that affects the body's calcium level, and she has been waiting to get surgery to address the problem for months.

Jarrin said it would be incredibly difficult to leave Brattleboro because of the good relationship she has with her doctors and starting over somewhere else that may not have universal healthcare wouldn't work because she couldn't pay for it.

She is hoping that someone in Brattleboro who needs to fill a full-time position will give her an interview and a job.

"I need a job where I can sustain myself," she said. "It would be difficult to take a part-time position because I'd lose my food stamps and most of the money I'd earn would end up going to gas and food."

To contact Alexandra Jarrin, send an e-mail to

Josh Stilts can be reached at, or 802-254-2311 ext. 273.


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