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October 3, 2014

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October 3, 2014

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 Charity Check, an internet based service used by other non-profit agencies and churches. In Fiscal Year 2014, Good Samaritan Ministries did over $4.6 million in benevolence with only 3.8 percent going to operational expense, that is 96.2% in benefits going to the clients need assistance.
April 24, 2013

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April 24, 2013

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 of the cycle of poverty, the hopelessness that engulfed them. Out of their common concern, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington came to be. At Samaritan Ministry not only is their immediate need addressed, they also are introduced to Next Steps and a path to life.

Next Steps is a unique self-help program for participants in need, promoting change, dignity, and self-reliance by assisting in accomplishing their goals. Goals involve employment, housing, family life, and medical or addiction issues. At the Samaritan Offices in Northwest and Southeast D.C. and Arlington, VA, program participants receive counseling, develop job skills, construct resumes, practice interviews, are helped with business attire and in finding housing. While these supports are essential to making the transition to a new life, perhaps even more important is the counseling and support participants receive from skilled caseworkers in self-reliance and their responsibility for changing. Participants’ testimony about Next Steps and transitioning to a new life truly reflects that a new life is born.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 1, 2011

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February 1, 2011

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 and the people who live here. I have seen them give clothing to the needy, and provide a place for the homeless to take a shower. I know that they help those less fortunate to have better clothing to go to job interviews, so that they can better their circumstances. I try to donate any extra clothing, shoes, household supplies, or really anything of value to them so that they can either give it to those in need or sell it in their store to benefit the ministry. This ministry has been a blessing to so many people. I know I thank the LORD that HE sent them to help those who need it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

please see above comment.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know if this organization could really be any better.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

word of mouth

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It has encouraged me to try to do better in my life so that I am able to help others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

December 16, 2009

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December 16, 2009

I was being evicted and good Sam paid my rent, gave me food, and bought my family christmas gifts. They encouraged me to go back to school.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the kindness of the employees and caring enought to help my family.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I felt loved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

win the world. 89%of all monies go to help people in need

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 16, 2009

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December 16, 2009

Good Samaritan Ministries and our church (Lone Oak Christian) work in partnership. GSM is one of several benevolent agencies in Johnson City but fills a spot that is not being filled by any others. When someone loses a house by fire, they can come to GSM for dishes, furniture and food. When there is need for help with the power bill, there is a budget for that. Clothing is available. The breadth of the help is unique. The founder of Good Samaritan, Sarah Wells, knows what it is like to be on the street without help. She survived that with dependence on God and is now committed to helping people as a life mission, not a job. GSM is not good but great!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

People whom we have sent for help. In immediate help for those who ask. Their heart to help and make do with every resource they have.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I know of none. They have recently occupied new facilities, the former Power and Light Building. Funded mostly in response to public announcement and major donations.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ministry grew out of a personal experience in life and determination to help others who run into hard times.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Founder and leader, Sarah Wells. Administrator, Vernon Wells (husband)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay off the rest of the money owed on the building. Hire more staff to implement their vision. Broaden outreach to cities within a 35 mile radius. Increase salaries for full time employees.

Ways to make it better...

They had just moved to new quarters so the donated supplies were not organized. But there were assigned people to that department and probably have it organized by kind now.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Adequate funding. There is a good donor base but the need has increased in the last year. There is good public awareness of the work of GSM and more knowledge of the ministry to the public would be helpful.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am sold on the ministry, on Sarah Wells as the one with the vision, and on Vernon Wells as the one to manage the operation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 16, 2009

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December 16, 2009

GSM is a great organization that helps a lot of people in our local community. They operate on a very lean budget with about 90% of all donations going directly to help people in need.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuine and kind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 14, 2009

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December 14, 2009

Good Samaritan Ministries strives to serve people with emergency needs in Northeast Tennessee. Attempts are made to ensure every individual or family are treated with respect and dignity. Monies designated for a program go to that program and every attempt is made to ensure EVERY person is served. The staff is kind and considerate to all who enter the doors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Good Samaritan Ministries strives to help people with emergency needs in order to get them on their own feet.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is excellent and the volunteers are what helps make Good Samaritan Ministries what it is for without them it would not be able to function because of the limited resources.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide services to more hurting and people in need. Every person who come through the doors of Good Samaritan Ministries is screened to verify the need to ensure there is a genuine need. They could also pay of their building and loan debts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

December 3, 2009

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December 3, 2009

I took the service club that I advise at the high school where I teach to volunteer at Good Samaritan in Johnson City, TN. Our help was welcomed and the staff arranged a project for us that high school students could complete in an afternoon. Will gave us a tour of the facility and explained the various services offered. It was a good trip and we plan to return to volunteer in the future.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

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Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 2, 2009

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December 2, 2009

I have seen up close the work of Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM). They provide a multi-faceted ministry for those who are on the edge or who have fallen off the edge financialy. And in other ways as well such as health, food, medical and dental care. GSM is an agency of kind people who take great measures to share with those who have little to sustain themselves. For example, GSM provides help in paying rent and other housing costs, provide help with utilities costs, offer fod to the hungry through feeding programs daily with hot cooked meals as well as supplemental food boxes each month to those who can afford to purchase some food. The GSM also has facilities for the homeless to take showers every day, to stay clothed in clean and new clothing and to get/stay dry. The staff sees their clients as Jesus or the people whom Jesus helped when he walked the earth. Kindness and love are evident throughout the day every day.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways, by heloing feed the people who come to the Melting Pot daily feeding program, by assisting the diners who come to the Thanksgiving meal in November, but delivering meal to those who cannt get to feeding programs and by filling monthly food boxe

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get access to the United Way and other funding sources so the GSM could do more to meet the needs of the community and pay some endebtedness that the ministry has. GSM never has enough to meet the needs of all who come to the door. The staff feels quilt

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the changes in people's lives, the expressions on their faces when they find that they can quit being hungry, when they caqn clean up, when they have dry socks and shoes wo wear.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wondeful, caring, sad when we canot do enough, guilty when we have to turn people away who have desperate needs

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be multiplied a thousandfold through the ministires turning people's lives around and allowing some to g back to work but it can also support longer those who are "the least of these" who cannot get $$ be safe and warm

Ways to make it better...

GSM had more funding to get more food, to hire more staff, to fuel the van to retrieve the furniture and other items for the thrift store so people can get more free and low cost furniture, clothing, tioletries, etc.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping the income coming so the aid can keep going, in these tight ecinomic times the funding sources and supplies for thsoe in need are becoming more scarce and difficult to get.

One thing I'd also say is that...

GSM is in a constant struggle to meet the needs of those for whom life is a constant struggle due to various factors which keep them among the least. They will always be this way and be with us. We are told to care for them

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 2, 2009

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December 2, 2009

As a college student, I never really knew all the things that Good Samaritan did for the community. I knew that they helped people with food, but not until I started working here did I understand that they try to help people with almost every facet of life. This organization works on a much larger scale than I realized, and I'm proud to work with them.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

solve the problems of homelessness and hunger in the tri-cities. It would use all the money towards helping others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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