What a fabulous night at the 1960's Good Samaritan Fashion Show!
Thank you to our event sponsors and business, who made this fundraiser possible!
Thank you to all our volunteers who worked the show, and the volunteers who modeled. We couldn't have done without all of you!
Thank you to our amazing staff who ensured the show was a success.
Thank you all for a successful event!
Here are a few photos, check our FASHION SHOW PAGE for more soon!
Silent Auction Items
I love MT collectables - Vintage and new Montana collectables with goodies from Montana Lottery
NEW Dooney and Burke purse Sunglasses, scarf and purse
Made in occupied japan figurines
Winner winner chicken dinner unique pottery with $50 gift certificate from Bob's Valley Market
Becky Eiker Turtle Clay figurine from renown Helena Artist Becky Eiker
Glass menagerie Delicate blown glass figurines
McCoy pottery set 3 pieces windmill theme jars
Vintage perfume bottles
A Trip to China dish settings Accessories include chopstick placemats fans
Vintage large wood doll furniture Signed doll furniture and child's quilt
Sip n' Paint Recipe for a Girls night! Certificate for Paint and Party night at Canvas
Sterling silver Pendant with rainbow sapphires Donated by Eaton Turner Jewelry
Art deco dresser set with box
"End of the Trail" Framed Picture
Picnic for Two Wine, cutting board and wine glasses, assorted snacks and gift certificate from Park avenue bakery
2 Farm theme Greytack signed prints Framed Picture
Pyrex mixing bowls Primary colors, vintage set of four nesting bowls
Rock a Bye Baby Vintage baby scale with vintage baby nightgowns
Blue and White Pottery lot Nice selection of signed pottery
Hull Weller pottery Collectable vintage pottery
MT Silver Belt Buckle MT silversmith sterling silver belt buckle
Coffee Time! 1930s porcelier coffee service
Hello kitty lot Decorate your child's room with Hello Kitty Accessories!
2 Cowboy theme Greytack signed prints Framed Pictures
"Morelli's Bridge Helena, MT" Branson G Stevenson and Reeders Alley Photograph Framed Picture
Opt Outside MT Beer Basket Sponsor: Blackfoot River this item contains everything to relax outdoors- A Blackfoot river Brewing keg, snacks, beer cups, and a Glacier poster!
Vintage travel case Travel case for a train ride, comes with Gulch Distillers T shirt and bottle of vodka
Vroom, Vroom! Throwback Pink pedal car and Classic Car framed print
I wanna hold your hand Beatles LOT- Hey Jude, this collection of Beatles souvenirs are what you've been waiting for!
Gone Fly Fishin' Fly fishing gear and accessories
Exxon Gas Lot Mini novelty replica of Exxon paraphernalia with gas card.
Design Your Kitchen Antique mixing bowl lot with mason jar set
Helping Hands around the House A certificate for help with odd jobs sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and a Garage Kit donated by MT Broom and Brush
"Elk" Coughlin Signed 107/200 Framed Picture
Westmont Basket Our Favorite Goodies from Westmont! Thank you Westmont!
Vintage Barbies with accessories Set includes four vintage dolls- Barbie, Midge, Skipper and Ken with accessories for all.
Green and Brown Pottery lot Cannisters, mixing bowl, jar all signed
Goose bay glass lot 11 pieces, colorful blown glass crafted in Townsend
Red wing dishes Fun selection of 1950/1960s dinnerware
Collectable Estate jewelry 1960s
Vintage train set Vintage train set with original boxes plus second set. For the Train enthusiast!
Brass horse lamp Vintage Mid Century Brass horses TV lamp
Child antique rocker
Wood and stain glass lamps Antique wood and stained glass lamps
Vintage Last Rites Priest Travel set with framed religious Print
2 R.H McKay Photographs Framed Picture
" Hat Creek Lake" by B. Peets Framed Picture
"Wolves" Alan Schnell 43/350 Framed Picture
" Helena Capitol Building " Robert Morgan Framed Picture
Rocking buffalo Handmade by local artist- excellent condition!
Pamper yourself, 1960s style! Dressing Table, vintage gold vanity accessories with peignoir
Car length Fur Coat luxury vintage coats- For those cold montana nights!
Ride the Tide! Replica Beachcomber bike with novelty Surfboard
Mid Century Modern 60s Hall Tree one of a kind 1960s hall tree VERY RARE you won't find another one like this!
Mid length Fur Coat
Don't miss Good Samaritan Ministries annual Fashion show fundraiser Saturday October 14th! Every year, we save treasures that come donated to the Thrift Store to auction off at the Live Auction! This year we have some incredible pieces you don't want to miss! Here they are (in no particular order)
Get your tickets for our fashion show either in store or HERE!
1960s Fully Furnished Mid Century Modern Room- our very own fully furnished vintage Mid Century Modern Living Room!
With everything you need to complete that one of a kind retro look. The winning bidder will receive the whole package which includes: but not limited to,N. Eilersen 3 seater sofa made in Denmark; Atomic turquoise table lamp; RCA mid-century speakers; Beautiful one of a kind turquoise floor ashtray; Gorgeous glass top coffee table with gold inlay; Fleur de lis Mid Century wall art; All wood credenza with 60s barware and accessories; Black and turquoise metal TV trays; Off white wool throw rug from New Zealand; Plus more period accessories items will be added.
White romantic table and chairs- White pedestal table that offers a fresh look and a charming silhouette. A clean white finish complements the elegant slope of the pedestal base, giving this table a chic, timeless appeal. To complete the set are two beautifully adorned matching chairs. This dining set for two comes complete with all the classic accessories you need to have a romantic dinner with that special someone.
Morgan silver dollars (1879-1921)
Eleven authentic Morgan silver dollars. Years ranging from 1879 to 1921
Wicker Setee with Victorian throw- Antique Setee made by Lloyd Loom Products, which in the height of its popularity, the 1930s, Lloyd Loom furniture could be found in hotels, restaurants and tea rooms, as well as aboard a Zeppelin, cruise ships and ocean-going liners, becoming a household name. This setee is in excellent original condition, a fine vintage compliment to any room or sunporch. Comes with antique Victorian throw.
Steuben glass – Two elegant stueben glass pieces. One low footed bowl and one olive dish, in stunning condition. Steuben glass is renowned for its clean modern design! A radiant crystal design for the home and table. At Steuben, luxury is in the details. Flawless by design, Steuben is the epitome of the expression “crystal clear”. Exquisitely sculpted, delicately balanced, these pieces are timeless treasures!
Genuine Lane Cedar Chest- This pristine hope chest from 1957 contains all original paperwork and keys! Advertised as “The only tested Aroma-tight cedar chest in the world” Lane designs led the industry in cedar chest manufacturing, and this chest has stood the test of time. Filled with treasures from the past!
Antique Edwardian Hutch – This delightful Edwardian Antique cupboard circa 1910 would make a perfect addition to any room. The beautiful carved wood hutch is a one of a kind piece which features a dovetail drawer, and plate shelves inside.
Lodge Décor and Stay at Boulder Creek Lodge- Cabin Fever! This item includes everything to decorate your lodge, skis, a framed Historical Glacier lodge picture, a unique one of a kind rocking chair The back and seat are contoured to give you great comfort while you are relaxing in your camp, cabin or home, rustic mirror with beveled glass and beautiful large Pendleton towel and more. All this comes with a certificate for a night's stay at the BOULDER CREEK LODGE in Hall, MT. Thank you Boulder Creek lodge for your sponsorship!
Child's shabby Chic Picnic - Vintage Shabby Chic child's picnic table with camp chairs. Includes child's set of vintage modern tone dishes. Perfect for your sunflower garden!
Fiesta Party! Vintage Fiesta ware, with a catered authentic New Mexican dinner prepared by Richard Ortega FIESTA TIME! The winner of this fiesta ware will also get a fully authentic New Mexican dinner cooked by our very own Richard Ortega, our Director, Theresa's husband! This is the biggest collection of vintage fiesta dinnerware we have ever sold! The set comes various dinner plates, salad plates, mugs,complete set of 8 Fiesta flatware and more pieces. Everything you need to host your very own fiesta!
A Healthier You!
Everything you need on your journey to be a healthier you! This lot includes two like new exercises machines: Nordic Track Commercial 1500 Treadmill and NordicTrack Elliptical Pro. Prepare all your healthy post workout meals with a Magic Bullet Deluxe Blender set and Hamilton Beach Juicer. And finally, enjoy a well-earned soak at the Broadwater Hotsprings, with 5 day passes to their establishment! Thank you Broadwater for the sponsorship!
“Old Ironsides” table Authentic Berkey & Gay 1929 "Old Ironsides" maple table. Incredible condition- this is one antique item you do not want to miss!! Featured on antique roadshow! The eagle on front drawer of this table is carved from the ORIGINAL wood floorboards of the USS Constitution ( the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat nicknamed "OLD IRONSIDES").Only approx. 100 tables were made! RARE COLLECTORS PIECE
Historical Maritime Lot – ITEM 1 Siebe and Gorman & Co. of London Bellow Air pump system. Used to pump air supply for either deep sea diving or firefighters smoke helmet. In 1900 with the invention of oxygen tanks, large brass horn added to bellow pump and then sold as a Foghorn or Fire Siren. A nice piece of English maritime history! ITEM 2 This antique acme course corrector Sea Emergency Device circa 1920s Consists of 10-in. diameter brass finished aluminum disc with calibrated rings in the original box with operating instructions.Originated in New York
14 Carat Yellow Gold ring w/ London Blue Topaz- Donated by Diamond Dream
10 Carat White Gold ring with two sky blue topaz and diamond accents- Donated by Diamond Dream Ring
Industrial Bar – This Industrial style bar is perfect addition to any décor- whether it be a man cave, loft apartment or modern studio. Fully stocked with vintage and modern accents, this solid piece is sure to be a conversation piece at any party!
We are so thankful for a community that is so responsive and helpful in local emergencies. This fire season is a bad one, but we can always count on those around us to step up and help!
Last week when the rain and snowy weather started, an organization called National Incident Management came to Good Samaritan Ministries with a request.
This organization coordinates the national mobilization of resources for those fighting wild land fires. There was a group of Job Corps Volunteers working on containing the Alice Creek wildfire fifteen miles northeast of Lincoln. This group was severely lacking in proper gear that suited the cold weather.
Good Samartian Assistance Ministry had all new coats, hats, socks, and sweatshirts on hand thanks to a donation from the Zumiez Foundation. We gave National Incident Management 50 of each coats, hats ,socks and sweatshirts for the brave fire fighters to help with their situation.
It takes a community effort like this to help in emergencies. That is Good Samaritan's Mission to be there to help. Thank you for your support of us and our Community. God Bless the fire fighters and all those helping on the home front!
Now your chance to jumpstart your Mid-Century Modern living room re-do with everything you need to complete that one of a kind retro look.
This room is our feature live auction item for our Good Samaritan 1960s fashion event Fund raiser October 14 at the Helena Montana Civic Center.
The winning bidder will receive the whole package which includes: but not limited to,
N. Eilersen 3 seater sofa made in Denmark
Atomic turquoise table lamp
RCA mid-century speakers
Beautiful one of a kind turquoise floor ashtray
Gorgeous glass top coffee table with gold inlay Fleur de lis
Mid Century wall art
All wood credenza with 60s barware and accessories
Black and turquoise metal TV trays
Off white wool throw rug from New Zealand
Plus more period items will be added
We also have several one of a kind live auction items and many, many, unique silent auction items.
Plan to attend our 1960s Fashion Event and wear your best 1960s cocktail attire. You will find more info Fashion Show here or on our facebook page!
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Pictured above: Our Assistance Coordinator, Corbin, prepares a small food box for a family from our food pantry.
Did you know Good Samaritan Assistance Office has a small food pantry- it comes in handy on lots of occasions for the clientele who visit our office.
This young lady had come in for help to avoid an eviction. After hearing how she had lost her job a few months ago, and was struggling to find a new one in the midst of caring for her two children by herself, since her husband also left her, we were able to write a voucher for her rent that month. Before she left, I asked if she needed anything else- coats? diapers? maybe a food box?
At the mention of a food box her eyes welled up with tears. She explained she was so worried about making ends meet and feeding her children was her biggest priority. She applied for SNAP but was currently in the waiting period for the benefits to start. How to feed her family was weighing on her mind, and she didn't know we had food- it was a godsend!
I collected the items for her, and also some information about Helena Food Share. Before she left she gave me a hug. "Thank you, you've helped me so much today!"
Many times, our office will be the first place people come when they are in crisis,and like the story shared above, it often comes up in the visit that they are in need of food as well.The food box is only meant to last a few days and we provide referrals to other food sources such as Helena Food Share or the Office of Public Assistance for SNAP benefits when we distribute the boxes. Often we aren't the only place a client visits on their road to self sufficiency. A small box of food items helps fortify them and give them the strength to go on.
Good Samaritan Ministries is not just a thrift store and social service office, but also serves as a vocational training facility. Our store employs approximately 30 full time employees, including employees with developmental disabilities, those coming out of the pre-release or state prison, and those with poor job histories needing a second chance.
Our Mission is based on Catholic social teaching which believes one should uphold the dignity and rights of the worker, a crucial part of which is access to healthcare. We are lucky to provide a great benefit package through the Diocese of Helena, Reta Trust.
All full time employees have full health care coverage with vision and dental. Many of our employees have never had the opportunity to have such benefits. Our insurance is structured to ensure each person get the best possible opportunities to improve their individual health care.
With our insurance comes a Wellness incentive program. The program gives rewards for healthier habits. Every year employees have the option of getting a health screening and follow-up health coaching calls, with advice on eating, exercise, and healthy patterns. Through this program we have seen dramatic changes with wellness and lifestyle changes. Let me share just one example:
Thursday I was driving back from training and called the office to check in on a project with an employee. When he picked up the phone, I quickly asked how the project was going?
"Oh, it's fine but guess what? I got my health screen back today and my cholesterol has dropped 40 points! It was very high before”
I congratulated her and she informed me she hadn’t known it was high before the screening. I then asked what she did to make the change.
“I ate healthy fats like avocado and nuts like my health coach advised"
Just one story of changing for the better. We are so glad to support our employees on their journey to better health!
This past semester Good Samaritan Ministries benefitted from the work of a Carroll College integrative learning course called “Documentary Photography and Catholic Social Teaching” taught by Chris Fuller & Jeff Van Tine.
The purpose of the class was two-fold: To learn fundamental camera skills and how to apply them to the field of documentary photograph, and to learn about Catholic Social Teaching and its core themes.
In order to synthesize these two fields together the students were assigned to Helena-area service agencies and put their camera skills to work! Each student prepared a portfolio of photographs “employing the techniques of documentary photography to illustrate the story of their assigned agency as an expression of at least one core theme of Catholic Social Teaching.” (Chris Fuller, course description)
Good Samaritan Ministries worked with Carroll student Bridget Bloesch. Bridget learned all about the different programs we have to help the Helena community including the operation of our thrift store. She would come in a few times a week to capture photographs of the different aspects of our Mission.
Upon completion of the project, Bridget’s portfolio of high quality edited photos were then presented to our agency for our use. She took some great ones and we cannot wait to show you! Here are just a few examples.
Bridget had this to say about her work here at Good Sam:
I learned that GSM is so much more than a thrift store. I never realized how many amazing people are behind the scenes working hard to make GSM the organization that it is. Everyone has their own back-story and it does not matter what yours is, everyone is still welcoming and willing to help you out. I see hands on social teaching in a different way because it is not necessarily the work that you are doing, but the connections and the one on one time with the people you are working with that matter most. Connecting with others and having honest conversations is what I have taken away from it. Everyone is fighting their own battle but when you can put your own problems aside and listen to others, that is what makes it special and meaningful.
Be on the lookout in our other promotional materials for more of Bridget’s photos. Bridget is already a budding talented photographer, you can check out more of her independent work here.
We are so grateful to Carroll College for their bright talented students, so eager to give their talents in service to the Helena community. Good Samaritan in exchange hopes we can impart on the students our Mission of Social Justice for the most vulnerable community members. Together we accomplish so much!
Often in the lives of those living paycheck to paycheck, money is tight, so paying for living expenses is a balancing act.
One catastrophe or change in luck can tip the balance.
Take 'Jim', a senior citizen who cleans hotels part time to cover the living expenses his Social Security check cannot. Jim's luck turned for the worse when he broke his leg. His accident meant missing weeks of work, which meant missing crucial paychecks necessary to pay rent, prescriptions and other needs.
Instead of having to choose between homelessness and getting his medication, Jim found Good Samaritan Ministries.
Good Samaritan was able to pay Jim's Eviction Notice meaning he could stay in his home and still afford his vital prescriptions while he got better from his accident.
How quickly tragedy can strike, but that is why Good Samaritan Ministries exists. Stories like Jim's are not unusual, we see them happen everyday and we are thankful for the support of the community so we can help Jim and all in need like him.
Thank you Helena!
It was a Saturday morning at Good Samaritan, an unusually busy one, because this particular Saturday also coincided with the first day of our half-price sale. I was walking around the sales floor assisting customers and staff alike. As I hurried down our shoe aisle, I noticed a person emerge from our placer pantry with a few groceries bags. He smiled at me and I asked if he found everything he needed. His response:
“The Placer Pantry is great, there are times I am so broke I can't afford my daily necessities, but I know I can get help here!"
The Placer pantry lets families and individuals ‘shop’ for toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and soap, all at no cost to them. It can be hard to imagine struggling to be able to afford such small necessities, but this is a reality for many of your neighbors every day.
In 2016 the Placer Pantry served 807 households in need by providing them with basic personal hygiene items.
Basic needs, given with the dignity of the client in mind- that is our mission at Good Samaritan. Thank you to all our supporters and especially our volunteers who run the pantry.
To learn more about the placer pantry, click here.
GSM Mission Moments
Success stories from our Mission. You can be a hero by supporting Good Samaritan and those in need in Helena .