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November 6, 2013
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November 6, 2013
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My relationship with Good Sam started as a client in 2005. I needed a temporary place to live as I searched for a place in town. Little did I know that I would come to work there and that the relationships that were created, and the mentoring and teaching I received, would change and direct the rest of my life. I didn't meet the director, Carole Murphrey, until after I stayed there. I actually met her through a friend who had wronged Good Sam. I didn't find that out until later. This isn't the place for that story, but is indicative of the forgiveness and love that the people who run Good Sam possess. She helped me in many ways over the years. She mentored, counseled and ministered to me with a love, care, patience, dedication and compassion that I had never received anywhere else. Buddy Murphrey accepted me and my faults without hesitation. I learned a lot from him, over the years, being a member of his church, Southcrest Baptist Church and working as Carole's Personal Assistant. I have come to love both of them as if they were my own family. I haven't always made the smartest decisions. I still continue to make stupid decisions! Lol. : D The experiences at Good Sam have instilled in my heart a desire to help people and to make a difference. The business knowledge and integrity observed have prepared me for the future. I am no longer angry, bitter, hateful, judgmental, selfish, confused and lost. I still have issues but my utmost desire now is to serve God and share the gift of His son. I worked for Good Sam for almost four years! The shelter and people there have blessed me with humility, love, peace and acceptance. I am able to forgive things that I wasn't able to before, including forgiving myself. I have nothing bad to say about Good Sam or anyone involved with it. I am actually working on starting my own non-profit foundation that will educate, help people and minister on several things. God put Good Sam and the Murphreys in my life so that I would be able to find my purpose in life, be led to redemption and be directed towards what my destiny is and what He created me for. I can only dream to help half as many people as Good Sam has helped in its SIXTY years of blessing people!

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

Bless them financially! Having dealt with the finances, I know how hard it is to keep all of the programs running to help the large numbers of needy! Good Sam is the largest homeless shelter in South Texas and operated solely off of donations and grants. Mainly donations!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 4, 2012
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July 4, 2012
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I never knew I was going to be homeless. No one ever really plans on that. But when it does happen, it is traumatic and soul-crushing. I needed to find support and open arms. I found that at the Good Samaritan. They welcomed me with open arms and provided the love and support I needed to get my life back in order. I was already a believer, but being around other believers who didn't judge or criticize the choices I made in life was important for me to realize that we all have our faults. Thanks to everyone at Good Sam and the multiple ministry programs they offer, I am now back on my feet and work as a staff member, helping those going through their rough times, just as Donny and Carole did for me. I thank God everyday for putting them into my life. Without Good Sam, who knows where I would be.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 4, 2012
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July 4, 2012
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i am a homeless lady here at good sam i came from prision , no other mission would take me in from houston to corpus christi the only mission that would take me from prision was good samaratian rescue mission here in corpus christi , i got saved i worked on their labor force and then i worked as a cook in there kitchen now i am the kitchen manager , i would not be the lady i am without good sam they gave me hope in life food, clothes , love , and a job , i have never seen a mission that loves so much for the homeless and thier animals, i have been homeless ,i been to alot of shelters, ,with out good sam i would not be alive ,, thank you good samaratian yall work so hard to help everyone , im so grateful for the love and caring yall gave to me , i have a chance in life because of your mission ,, i pray everyday for god to keep blessing the mission and there staff , residents , it hurts me to my heart and alot of others here because some just dont want help they get mad and say hateful things , no one can help someone who dont want the help !! good samartain sure gives everyone several chances . carole murphy puts her heart and soul into all the homeless. i never seen such wounderful people as carole and donny and buddy, love and care, try to work so hard to help all the homeless here , the many other missions i lived in i felt like they really didnt care about me or what happen to me but good samaratain rescue mission is the most safest and kindest place i ever been and there is no requirements or judgement or graduates that make you feel like your nothing , here the staff know how to help us homeless because the staff have all been in my shoes , i never knew there could be so much love and help until i got here , carole does everything she can to make the homeless feel safe and clothed and give them jobs and good food and love and even the word of god . she takes in their animals and loves and cares for them to , other missions wouldn't take me cus i had a puppy ,my puppy was the only thing keeping me alive at times , i couldnt belive it when they let me bring him in to , i pray that the words of the bad people dont affect the help that good sam needs i am a living witness as god as my witness !! if it wasnt for carole and donny devoted work and love i would not be alive or even want to be alive , they really gave me another chance to live again and feel like i am worth something , NO othere mission could compare to what this mission did for me , there is no time limit that i can stay here. i know if i abide by the rules , i have a home and loving caring family for life ! if that is what i choose,i dont have to worry about being kicked out in 30 days or being in the heat or cold during the day Good Samaratina dont make you take your stuff and leave everyday, (that it self is a blessing) !, after housekeeping is done we can come in lay down or watch tv or read a book , please hear my words of truth , god runs this mission with pure love and kindness ,there is real people here who deeply need help to. That no other mission would take if good sam wasnt here , alot of the homeless that come here want help and do good and it is ONLY BECAUSE GOOD SAMARTAIN WAS THE MISSION THAT GAVE THEM THAT CHANCE ,

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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