George Abraham is a gentleman who has been struggling to find affordable housing for over 3 decades. He tried to stay in California, but it became too hard financially for him to make it by. George came to Montana to start over. George hoped there could finally be a time when he wouldn’t have to worry if he could afford to live in a home. George was connected to Good Samaritan’s Housing Navigator services in the middle of March and was able to get housed within three weeks. Despite community and business changes with COVID-19, George was able to get housed with the help from Helena Housing Authority and Trophy Realty. George is very happy where he is at and would like to give back to the community in whatever way he can now that he has a place to call home.
Good Samaritan Ministries of Helena will temporarily take over Our Place drop-in center following the exit of Western Montana Mental Health from Lewis and Clark County.
The commissioners on Thursday approved the temporary contract, which is effective until Feb. 29, in the amount of $12,291 per month. Per the contract, Good Samaritan is providing the services of two peer support specialists and an additional employee who is splitting time between Good Samaritan and Our Place.
“It falls under our mission statement to serve those most in need in our community,” said Good Samaritan Executive Director Theresa Ortega.
Our Place largely serves those with mental health or sobriety issues who are seeking treatment. Many of the people served are homeless.