Family Promise referred a young family consisting of a mother, a father and a newborn baby to us. They initially came in to apply housing help through our Emergency Solutions Grant, but as we got to talking I soon realized that this family was in need of much more. Since the Christmas holiday was coming up, I asked if they have made arrangements. They understandably didn’t have one, since their main worry was getting a roof over their head. Good Samaritan has a Adopt a Family program for Christmas where we act as the mediator for businesses and individuals to sponsor our clients for Christmas. I knew this family would be a great candidate for the program. I assigned the family in need to a past board member’s family. One of the things I knew the family in need had to get was a rather costly repair on their vehicle. The vehicle is used regularly to commute to Bozeman for the father's medical appointment and the primary source of transportation for the baby and the family. They were worried the car would not make it much longer. The awesome people that adopted this family negotiated a special, drastically reduced rate with J-4 automotive and the Good Samaritan Assistance Program helped the family pay for the repair. They got the ESG grant funding and got into long term housing and then Good Samaritan helped them get furniture for their home. Because of the generosity of this sponsor family, J4 Automotive, and your support of Good Samaritan, everything fell into place for this family in need- They came to us with a small hope of getting a roof over their head and left with stable housing, food and Christmas gifts, a fixed car, and furniture. Truly a Christmas Miracle!
This is a story from Good Samaritan’s Assistance Coordinator and took place this past December, Christmas 2016.
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