Everyone deserves a hand up

A gentleman of 79 years came to Our Place. He worked in an asbestos mine, when publicized asbestos was toxic, he not only lost his job, but became ill with asbestos poisoning. He eventually received a sum from a general asbestos fund but by that time had developed Asbestos related symptoms which took his settlement, plus more leaving him homeless.  The treatment left him disabled and learning to live on the streets.

With many years of homelessness and homes being taken due to “community progress” …he hitchhiked his way to Helena with the thought there must be more services in the State Capitol. He spent the first thirty days in Helena trying to find housing but was unsuccessful, he remained homeless in a shelter or on the streets.  He was referred to us by Purview and the homeless shelter finding his way to Our Place. Staff at Our Place completed the standard housing intake with him, including a Permanent Supportive Housing application in hopes of receiving a housing voucher. The sad truth is, however, that the waiting list for these programs can take 1-2 years before someone is accepted and that is assuming once they are accepted into the program they can find a house that takes a voucher.

That same day we made several phone calls without success, but we refused to accept defeat! He needed a clean place because of his medical condition. Can you imagine being ill and homeless?  One of our other clients suggested an apartment complex with openings, we called it just in case there might be an opening.  After repeated attempts to reach the company on the phone, we decided to take the gentleman up there in person.

Sometimes life is all about timing, luck, or a candle in the wind from someone giving back. When we walked into the building the regional manager was there. She gave us an application at which we filled out together. We turned it in and miraculously the manager was so impressed with him, she approved him on the spot. He moves in three days from now!

Everyone deserves a home of their own!!!

 

Summer/Fall 2020 Newsletter

Through the ups and downs, Good Samaritan has never stopped providing assistance to those who are in need in our community. How? Our staff! They’ve come to us from various backgrounds and all walks of life, each with their own individual purposes, wanting to be part of Good Samaritan. They exhibit commitment, passion, and desire to live their lives in service to others and they do so with integrity and heart. My time as the treasurer of Good Samaritan Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit, has been and continues to be a labor of love.

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Summer-Fall 2020 Newsletter

Home is Where the Heart is

There was a lady… with two young sons… who needed help with getting into a home after being homeless for months. She had a good paying job but also had debt that she was working on getting cleared up. She had saved enough for rent but really could not come up with the deposit in time for this rental. She came into GSM requesting help. After interviewing her she applied for the Hunthausen program for deposit support.  The Hunthausen Fund is unique in serving the working population with a half loan – no interest, half grant funds up to $1000.00. She has one year to repay half of the total deposit back. This is to help people with a hand up not a total hand out. She made a few payments then came in to pay the remaining off. The look of relief at not being homeless any longer is tremendous. There is so much gratitude and happiness. I wish everyone who helps donate to this cause could witness this relief. The boys now have a home to grow up in and be in a safe environment, the mother is not so stressed about not being able to provide for her children how she wants, their lives have improved tenfold!! The gratitude when the last payment is made, the simple responsibility of paying it off makes these clients feel as if they themselves have invested in this entire process. It feels like it is theirs and they are proud of this achievement.

Thank you, donors, it is because of you we can provide The Hunthausen Fund and continue the work of Archbishop Hunthuasen, Fr. Jack and Sister Edna for all to have a home.

Good Samaritan Annual Report

Through the ups and downs, Good Samaritan has never stopped providing assistance to those who are in need in our community. How? Our staff! They’ve come to us from various backgrounds and all walks of life, each with their own individual purposes, wanting to be part of Good Samaritan. They exhibit commitment, passion, and desire to live their lives in service to others and they do so with integrity and heart.

 

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GoodSamaritan_AnnualReport

Health and Safety Update for the Ridership of Capital Transit/City of Helena Bus Service’s

The City of Helena/Capital Transit resumed service on Capital Transit’s Red and Blue fixed-route buses on Monday, June 1. This change in service coincides with the Governor’s order moving the State to Phase 2 of the State of Montana COVID-19 Recovery Plan. Please find details and requirements for Capital Transit services below.

Good Samaritan/Lewis and Clark County Public Meeting

Independent Record
Please Publish: August 23, 30, 2020
Contact: Ann McCauley, Lewis and Clark County Grants Administrator
(406) 447-8383
Bill to: Good Samaritan Ministries

Good Samaritan Ministries/Lewis and Clark County Public Meeting
Lewis and Clark County is sponsoring a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for funding improvements to the Good Samaritan Ministries building located at 3067 North Montana, Helena, Montana. Improvements include repair to the facility’s roof. The Preliminary Architectural Report being prepared will also consider future interior upgrades to make the building more efficient
and address potential safety issues. The meeting will be held via Zoom with a brief presentation on the project and potential funding. Participants will be given an opportunity to comment. The video call will be held at noon on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm. To join the meeting please use the following instructions:
Video call link: https://zoom.us/j/98318053443
Call In: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 983 1805 3443#
Watch the Lewis and Clark County and Good Samaritan website and Facebook page for additional information on the project.
Website: www.lccountymt.gov/cdp/grants-program.html or www.goodsamhelena.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LCCoGovernment or www.facebook.com/goodsamhelena
Written comments are encouraged and should be mailed to Robie Culver, Grant Writer, Stahly Engineering & Associates, 3530 Centennial Drive, Helena, MT 59601 or emailed to [email protected] on or before September 9, 2020.

For further information please contact Ann McCauley, Lewis and Clark County, (406) 447-8383; Robie Culver, Stahly Engineering, (406) 442-8594; or Theresa Ortega, Good Samaritan, (406) 442-0780.

 

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Helena, MT 59601

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