As we, along with our community, work on finding our new temporary normal in a COVID-19 world, we will do our best to keep you updated on what we are doing at Good Samaritan Ministries to keep helping wherever we can.
GOOD SAM NOTICES
The Thrift Store has been closed and will be now closed through Wednesday March 25th we will update you on Wednesday on how we will be moving forward as always please check our website, FB, street sign for updates. We are currently not accepting donations off the dock, from our store entry, pick-ups or delivers and not sure when these services with begin again. Please save your donations for Good Samaritan as we are anticipating there will be many, many people in need once our world settles down. For direct store questions email Michelle@goodsamministries.org
Assistance Ministry continues to provide services remotely or specified appointment time 1:1. If you are in need of assistance please email: Ara@goodsamministries.org . To our much appreciated donors, your donations are vital to our services and the raising needs in the community of Helena, Thank you!
Our Place is offering food delivery from Food Share just call 565-6641. We will pick up the food box and deliver it to your door.
Community Service and volunteers positions are closed until further notice.
Placer Pantry is closed until further notice, however if you are in need of personal hygiene products email Theresa@goodsamministries.org with your essential needs and we will help with the best of our abilities.
If you have any overall questions please call Theresa Ortega at 410-1172 or email at Theresa@goodsamministries.org
As my neighbor and small business owner shouted to me as we were shoveling walks “crazy times.” So true. However, there are caring things that we can do to ensure our community has normal times ahead.
First and foremost, we can appreciate and support all those health care, groceries, mail, government and other services providers who are there for us in these difficult times.
And for our friends and neighbors with businesses that provide for our needs, but are closed to protect our health, we can consider reaching out and supporting them. Recent editorials and letters have provided some great guidance. But for the preservation of Helena, more is needed.
Can’t get your haircut, eyes checked, drink coffee or beer, eat a restaurant meal, or buy something at your favorite store -- no problem. You can still be a loyal customer of Helena’s wonderful establishments.
It’s easy. Join the SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY (SOC) movement and, if you have the means, continue being a customer by sending a payment to Good Samaritan Ministries for what you would normally buy. That way they can continue to pay expenses and employees. And the dividend is they will be there for us when these “crazy times” have passed. Let them know you care by putting SOC on your check or direct payment.
IN OUR COMMUNITY
COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Homeless Providers: Daily Resource Digest
A comprehensive list of resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and their federal, state, and local partners. Moving forward, SNAPS will share daily updates highlighting new COVID-19 prevention and response resources targeted to homeless providers.
Share Your Home Cookin'
Stuck at home with time on your hands? Can you provide an evening meal (your favorite potluck dish perhaps?) for the women and children of YWCA Helena? Please call Molly for more information or to sign up at 406-438-7187.
Update to HIC and PIT Count Data Collection and Reporting Deadlines
HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) wants to thank you for your efforts to ensure people experiencing homelessness are as safe as possible during the COVID-19 epidemic. Their safety, as well as the safety of you and your staff, are our top priorities. In an effort to provide relief, we are announcing an extension to the 2020 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count timeline from April 30, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Although the timeline is extended, we encourage you to submit whenever you are ready.
IDEAS & BOOSTS
GOOD SAMARITAN MINISTRIES' AND THRIFT STORE NEEDS YOU NOW
On behalf of the hundreds of community members served by Good Samaritan Ministries, We Thank You for continuing to support our mission of serving the most in need here in Helena.
COVID-19 has created confusing, fear, anxiety, and uncertain times for all of us. We, at Good Samaritan, are seeing the needs magnified for our neighbors with day-to-day needs, loss of jobs, no childcare, and lack of transportation in Helena. Our Assistance Ministry continues to serve these needs via phone, agency combined zoom meetings, and when absolutely necessary 1:1 meetings; it's working thanks to dedicated and passionate staff.
Unfortunately, our greatest threat currently, is the overall sustainability of Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift Store as we are struggling to maintain our finances due in part to the closure of our thrift store. But we are seeing MORE needs and fear in this time of crisis and this doesn't mean the important work of assisting those struggling with daily needs has stopped. Since 2010 our organization has helped thousands of people get their lives back.
While our physical doors may be locked, store revenues have halted, and a limited crew from 41 to 20, to 7 with more cuts ahead, your support ensures our overall sustainability for now and in the future. Your support is essential during this time of uncertainty. Now more than ever your support is critical for our survival and for the success, care and wellbeing for all our neighbors in needs.
We ask you now, in this time of crisis, to give for the Sustainability of Good Samaritan Ministries’ and Thrift Store, to support an invaluable entity of Helena that has served over 20,000 since our inception over 30 year ago. We are worried for our future once the COVID-19 virus settles.