Stranger helps transform a Spokane homeless woman's life



Posted on May 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 12:08 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane woman living on the streets had a complete turn-around thanks to an unlikely friendship.

“Marcella” Falcon Kegley was well know among the Spokane homeless population. She lived among them herself, discouraged following a divorce.

Dianah Toland was the woman who stopped and asked how she was doing one day. This visit turned into many. Eventually, Dianah started bringing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and banana bread to Kegley.

"I would stay there and visit with her awhile,” said Toland. “And I thought, you know, here's a lady who's livin' on the street. And she just needs a friend and she just needs someone to swing in and say 'hi' to her from time to time."

"She was actually the type of person you'd never expect to have stopped to talk to ya,” said Kegley.

The women recently rediscovered each other on Sunday at a church. They had lost track of each other for some time. There friendship flourished and Kegley used the inspiration to get off of the streets.

"A lot of people have noticed me on Facebook,” said Kegley. “They say there's like a complete turnaround. And they say, ‘what is it?’ And I say, 'Well, Dianah's like a guardian angel. She gives me inspiration."’
Marcella does not have a job yet. But she does have a roof over her head and submitted herself for mental health counseling.

Watch Marcella’s transformation and see the friendship that made it happen tonight on KREM 2 News at 6:00 p.m.

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