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!
The following story is a transcript of a talk by one of our employees, Sonny. Sonny gave this testimonial at our annual St. Francis Dinner on March 30th 2017.
My name is Sonny Pippin I go to the Cathedral of St. Helena and St. Marys. I have been working at Good Samaritan for 2 years, I started in April 2015. I work part time in clothing department, hang clothing in the back and keep the clothing stocked on the shelves.
Also I sometimes I will run the bailer or whatever else needs to get done.
The thing I like best about this place is it makes me feel like I am making a difference in the community and it makes me feel like I am worth something.
Working here makes me feel like I am being a help to the homeless and the other people Good Samaritan helps. I like giving back in this way because I was once homeless and I kinda relate in that way.
I like the people and the atmosphere. They make me feel like I am part of a family and team.
Thank you Good Samaritan for taking a chance and believing in my when nobody else did. Thank you for listening to my story.
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Last fall Good Samaritan Ministries received a visit from the Diocese of Helena's Bishop, George Leo Thomas. Good Samaritan's mission of social justice is one that is close to the Bishop's heart. After taking a tour, he was able to sit and visit with our staff members, the main priority of his visit. Catholic Extension Society, a national organization committed to Catholic missions like Good Samaritan Ministries, was able to be there to film the visit. Below is the video they compiled on the visit and the Bishop's mission to serve the poor.
Our favorite quote of Bishop Thomas’ from the video which was also a sentiment he echoed when he visited with us:
“I quoted St. Augustine and he says in just a very few words what I believe so strongly in; He says ‘If you look deeply enough in the eyes of any person there you will see something that is divine’… And I think that summarizes the heart of Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Social Outreach and our Ministry to the poor. That every person is made in Gods image, every person has inherent value, and part of our mission is to help our brothers and sisters recognize Christ in every face that they see
For more from Catholic Extension Society visit their website!
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