Receptionist and Assistant Manager at the Florin Road Arts & Business Complex
Samantha Donaldson is the first face you see when you enter the African Market Place on Florin Road. For those looking for assistance with the WIC office or help organizing events or even navigating services offered in the center, Samantha is always eager to assist. To learn more about the many services offered in the Florin Road Arts & Business Complex, go to:
Tell us a little about yourself
I was born in Sacramento and I grew up in Folsom. I currently reside in the Carmichael area. I recently adopted a dog before Christmas and he has been a wonderful addition to my life. I work as a Receptionist & Assistant Manager at Florin Road Arts & Business Complex in South Sacramento. It houses the African Market Place, which is an incubator for small Black businesses. It also houses the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, meeting spaces and the Women Infants and Children (WIC) South Sacramento office.
Why is your work important to you?
My role is to direct people who come into the building and help them find the places they need to go. The building is a maze and it is easy to get lost. I love working directly with the community in my job and assisting them. This work is important to me because this is my fathers business. He's put a lot of work into this building and a lot of people appreciate him for it. I'm really happy to see how this complex has flourished over the years and has served as a hub for our community. Also, it has helped me appreciate the importance of shopping at local businesses. I think it's important to shop small businesses to give support and so those businesses can be successful.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Obtaining my college degree is an accomplishment I'm very proud of. I have a B.A. in Sociology from Sonoma State University.
What have you struggled most with in your life?
In my life I've struggled with finding my voice and using my voice. Over the years I've gained confidence in myself and I'm grateful to have a better sense of self.
What kind of lessons do you think are important to instill in future generations?
Lessons of honesty and integrity are important to me that should be instilled in future generations. Always do the right thing.
If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?
An issue that I feel should be addressed in our community is having the resources and places for the homeless along with mental health facilities to ensure people with mental health challenges and providing the proper resources for them. I've seen several homeless people wander the building and when the cops came and picked them up, they would be back wandering the building a few days later.
How do you decompress?
I like to decompress by listening to music, going for walks, spending time with family and friends and relaxing at home with my dog.