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Good Samaritan Ministries, Inc.
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!

The Great!

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

MY ROLE:
Donor & I took dishes, lamps, and various household goods. Cash.