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Phone: (423) 928-0288
PO Box 2441
Johnson City
Tennessee 37605

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Geographic areas served: Washington, Carter, Sullivan, Unicoi, Greene, and Johnson Counties

Programs: There are two major branches of Good Samaritan Ministries. The main office, which oversees all programs The Shepherd's Lunch. The main office of Good Samaritan Ministries handles the financial aspects of assisting clients with emergency and immediate assistance such as food, rent, utilities, and prescriptions. We also have a Summer Food Program to assist families with school age children who receive assistance during the school year with free or reduced lunches; a Back to School program to provide children of low income families with the necessary school supplies to return to school and as resources are available to provide new clothes and shoes; Thanksgiving food baskets for elderly and other low income in need of assistance; Christmas Adopt-a-Family program and food assistance to the elderly. The Shepherd's Breakfast and Lunch program provides meals to the needy on a daily basis. In 2008 there were 102,000 meals served.

Good Samaritan Ministries is a non-profit, ecumenical organization of people helping people founded in 1985. Relying on donations, Good Samaritan Ministries believes that our community can find resources of time, money, goods, and volunteer services. Recognizing the dignity and importance of each person, the Good Samaritan staff works with each individual on long-term solutions. In terms of financial aid, Good Samaritan Ministries helps provide funds for rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other basic needs. We have a food pantry in which food is provided as needed. Another aspect of our ministry is The Shepherd''s Lunch, which provides a hot noontime meal to the homeless, low-income, and elderly. The Shepherd''s Lunch is housed at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church and is directly across from a former hotel that now houses disabled and low-income individuals. When the program was started we did not know how many lives would be impacted by the program being located in the current facility.

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Good Samaritan Ministries provides assistance to the poor through food, rent assist, and counseling to help them improve their situation in the long term. Each client is interviewed by a qualified, degrees Social Worker. To prevent duplication of services every interview is documented through ... more »
New life is born at Samaritan Ministry. Some years ago, a group of churches in the Greater Washington Area…now 45 parishes…came together out of a common concern: The jobless, homeless, hungry who knocked on their doors seeking help, needed more than a handout. They needed a hand up to break out ... more »
I have been personally helped by this ministry. During very difficult time for my family, they have assisted us with food, and helped me with our power bill in the winter when I did not have enough to pay it. My heart goes out to this ministry because Good Samaritan cares deeply about our community ... more »
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