Good Samaritan Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 2441 Johnson City TN 37605 USA

Mission: 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.
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.
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EIN 62-1233320
(423) 928-0288
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

please see above comment.

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

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2009-12-01

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