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!
Erin Maxwell leads the 4th and 5th grade PEAK gifted and talented program at Ray Bjork Learning Center. This past fall her class decided to dedicate their time and energy to helping their community with a project called “Create a Caring Community”.
Good Samaritan Ministries was one of the community organizations that wanted to help. The project included learning about the ministry, some on-sight volunteering and finally, designing and creating a project to benefit our thrift store. First the kids came in for tour of the store and assistance offices, and learned about all the ways Good Samaritan helps the community and those in need in Helena. All the students listened attentively and had incredibly insightful questions. After the tour and presentation they gave their time helping our toy department sort items to sell. When they left that day they had a good idea what their project would be.
The kids, with some help from local business donors and the Helena High school wood shop, built new shelving for the thrift store and created an inventive scarf holder. Both items proved incredibly useful and are excellently made! We are so grateful for them and the PEAK program for teaching the future generation to be conscientious and caring community members.
You can read more about this project here. http://www.ktvh.com/2017/01/class-act-elementary-students-build-a-better-community
(left) Student present their scarf holder made of a bicycle tire. (right) the finished shelving unit is now being put to good use in our craft department.
Did you know Good Samaritan has a store within the store?
This “secret store” is called the Placer Pantry- and it is actually a pantry stocked with NEW hygiene and personal care products. It is available at no cost to individuals in need.
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 .