Marlene has been an employee with Good Samaritan for 10 years. She was hired originally as a Cashier and worked her way up to supervising 4 departments.
She has grown immensely in her positions here, her skills, and her commitment to our Mission has impacted her life more than she ever anticipated.
One day Marlene and I were just having lunch in the break room and casually talking about how it’s been working for Good Samaritan. She expressed that since she has been here she has more compassion, and understanding of just everyday life. “Being here you see so much. Working for another agency in town, it was nothing like it is here. People come in daily for all different needs, needing coats for their kids, and we give them a coat, the customer turns to you and gives you a hug while tears are running down their face. Just because you gave their kid a coat!"
Things we take for granted.
“You wouldn’t think something so small would mean so much to someone. I also remember this one time around Christmas we received a call that a father had gone missing and his 2 small boys needed help. GSM went out and bought them brand new things, big black garbage bags full of clothes, coats, toys, shoes really whatever they needed and more.
GSM really stepped up and made sure these boys had an AMAZING Christmas. We took that extra step for someone!”
"There are so many more stories like this, all the time, that make me realize this place has made me a better person just by being here. Every day I get to go home from work and know that in some way I’m helping someone today. By providing needs such as clothing, bedding, shoes and whatever else they might need. There is nothing more fulfilling than that, that you have been able to bring light and joy to someone. It truly humbles you. You can’t work here and not be affected by the people that come in and what we do for them! I appreciate Theresa, for putting up with me for so long now. There are always ups and downs no matter where you work, and boy oh boy there have been some……..but I wouldn’t trade any of it, it has impacted my life."
Good Samaritan and the Cathedral of St. Helena have teamed up for many years to collect toys for our Christmas Giving tree to ensure that no child goes without a gift at Christmas time. The families in need and the way we serve families have evolved through the years. We now set up a store in which the parents have the dignity to come and "shop" for their children. In 2014, the event served 339 children in 145 families. Witnessing this day is a true Christmas miracle. Parents are overwhelmingly grateful for a chance to give their children presents they would otherwise go without. As one parent stated, " I am blown away at this generosity. Thinking about how hard this year has been, this is such a blessing."
I was helping a mom who seemed very shy...you could tell she was very nervous about getting help. Taking her to the floor to shop I said you're welcome and wished her a Merry Christmas. She looked around in disbelief and then said to me: "Its been a rough year. I couldn't get anything together for my kids. I just can't believe you do this for people. Its just been a really rough year. Thank you so much."
This brave mother and many more parents like her are the reasons we do the Christmas Giving Tree. Every child deserves to have a Christmas. Thank you for our support in making this a reality. May we all be truly thankful for all the blessings we have in our lives.
Each year volunteers from St. Helena Cathedral and Good Samaritan Ministries work together accepting applications, gathering toys and setting up the Christmas store for the many families in need. This is just one of the many heart warning stories shared on our distribution day last year 12-12-15.
GSM Mission Moments
Success stories from our Mission. You can be a help us build our roots by supporting Good Samaritan and those in need in Helena .
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