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Review for Good Samaritan Ministries, Inc., Johnson City, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Role:  Volunteer & I help feed, clothe, provide food for those in need.

Review for APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS INC, Bristol, TN, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Conflcict of interest displayed by Board members also being on the staff so it's like congress voting themselves raises and compensation packages, creating construction companies to receive contracts from the agency for which they work, hiring one another on satff. You scratcvh my back, I'll scratch yours. Parasite agency is what ARCH is,taking funds from organizations which have provided care for years and ARCH creating redundant agencies which are ill-equipped, naive,absen of compassion, and over-administered or at least over-staffed in administration, I drove some distance to a plannning program hosted by an ARCH admin who couldn't answer questions and had audience people correcting her, an all-day conference which had about 15 minutes of good prime meat if that during the entire day and was required some some of us had to drive 2-3 hours each way to sit and hear nothing but fluff for 5 hours, half of which we were sitting and waiting . . . This is a local example of the problems of gov't creating what on paper seems like a good odea which in operation is just another gov't boondoggle.

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

how services were provided to those who need them before its creation and its messing up the system which was in place and effective

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

less than professional, minimallt knowledgable about the ranges of issues of being on the edge or on the street

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

burn it up in one year and be at the trough seeking more

Ways to make it better...

we eliminated the CoC model and got back to providing care to those who need it in the way done prior to ARCH

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

paucity of competence, absence of hearts for providing care to the clients,too much desire for nice offices and the prestige of being a director or vice president like in a bank where all are VP

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

we should bring back the good old days where all agencies had a leel playing field Wait till HUD does an audit on this agency. Of course, ARCH will find a way to blow smoke where the sun never shines

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & provide case and cocial work to "the least of these" Matt hew 25.