Volunteers Needed ASAP!!!!

Good Samaritan needs Full and Part-time Volunteers in several departments including:

  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Miscellaneous 
  • Dock
  • Other

If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity please contact Sarah at:

(406) 442-0780, email: [email protected] or stop into the store to fill out an application and background check form (we do not accept any burglary/theft charges less than 3 years old, violent assault charges less than 3 years old, or sexual misconduct charges). There is a $20 fee to run a background check but if it comes back clean you will get your money refunded when you come in to fill out onboarding paperwork.

Good Samaritan needs Full and Part-time Volunteers in several departments including:

  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Miscellaneous 
  • Dock
  • Other

https://www.volunteerhelena.org/need/detail/?need_id=579651

Emergency Rental Assistance Help – Locations at Good Sam and Our Place

Have you been financially impacted by COVID-19? You may be eligible for upcoming emergency rent and utility assistance. Begin preparing for your application today:
 
check the updated Area Median Income tool to see the income limits in your area at
 
Good Samaritan will be set up as a walk in location and Our Place will be set up through online scheduled appointments

Safe housing connection provides stability for breast cancer patient

St. Pete’s works with Good Samaritan to provide safe stable housing to those in need

 

Together, Courtney and Sue filled out dozens of applications for housing. And, Courtney helped connect Sue to Good Samaritan Ministries, a local nonprofit committed to providing services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faith, especially those most in need. Good Samaritan was able to provide housing vouchers and support thanks to a grant from the CARES Act.

“When I first met Sue, she was going through a lot. She was experiencing lots and lots of emotions related to her medical concerns, on top of the housing stress,” said Courtney. “I was able to connect her to our behavioral health professionals and then get her connected to temporary housing through a grant from Good Samaritan. Those have been the most beneficial things in the time that we’ve worked together.”

 

https://www.sphealth.org/stories-news/stories/safe-housing-connection-provides-stability-breast-cancer-patient

Coming Soon: Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program will provide rent and utility assistance to Montanans who have been financially impacted, directly or indirectly, by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renters will be able to apply directly for rent and utility assistance, and landlords will be able to apply on behalf of renters with the renter’s co-signature and required documentation.

Renters will need to provide income documentation to verify program eligibility.

To streamline the application review process, we recommend renters file their 2020 tax return now and have that document available to submit when the program opens for applications.

Good Samaritan is offering FREE TAX HELP Mondays and Thursdays at the Thrift Store from 10-4

 

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MTDOC/bulletins/2c55d5e?reqfrom=share

Financial Assistant

Objective of the Position:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

The Fiscal Manager Assistant assists in managing and implementing fiscal, accounting procedures and policies.  This position works under strict timelines and completion dates.  Must possess the ability to be flexible and work other assigned projects and duties as necessary and instructed.  Must have working knowledge of bookkeeping, fiscal management, accounting procedures, payroll processing, grant development and grant management. Skills needed for this position are attention to detail, multi-tasking, and organizational. Should be proficient in QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, and Internet Utilization and have at least three years of progressive accounting responsibility.  Experience in nonprofit accounting and/or thrift store operations is strongly desired.

 

Essential Skills and Abilities:

Duties and Responsibilities including but not limited to the following:

Accounting Skills

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, terminology, and common forms used in GAAP, computerized accounting, and general ledger. General understanding of internal controls and auditing practices and procedures.

 

Annually

  • Develops, modifies and maintains the Annual Report and Fiscal Policy and procedures manual
  • Prepares and maintains audit reports from a variety of supporting records and works closely with auditing firm on annual audit and Form 990.
  • Prepares draft of annual budget with input and final approval by the Executive Director and the Board.
  • Prepares 1099 MISC forms for vendor payments

 

Monthly

  • Analyzes and reconciles financial records/accounts for discrepancies and corrects irregularities.
  • Prepares monthly adjusting entries to reconcile prepaid accounts, loan accounts, record assistance activity, etc.
  • Compiles, with accuracy, reports and financial statements for Board review, granting agencies, and internal departments in Excel and QuickBooks.
  • Prepares for and attends all board meetings.

 

Weekly/Daily

  • Maintains and monitors Point of Sale system and records store sales daily.
  • Communicates with vendors (as required) regarding accounts payable.
  • Maintains and reconciles bank accounts for multiple programs (Thrift Store, Assistance, loans, savings and various grants).
    • Prepares (daily) and records deposits across program bank accounts
    • Prepares and records vendor payments across program bank accounts, utilizing online bill pay and checks.
  • Perform routine calculations to produce analyses and reports as requested.
  • Help oversee and manage individual accounts.
  • Create, send, and follow up on invoices.
  • Is a backup for payroll processing, ensures payroll garnishments and child support payments are made in a timely manner.
  • Assists in monitoring, tracking, and maintaining databases to include monetary donations, in-kind donations, financial assistance, in-store assistance, thank you letters and tracking for donors and volunteer hours.
  • Classify, records, and summarizes financial data to compile and keep financial records.
  • Compile statistical, financial, accounting or auditing reports and tables pertaining to such matters as cash receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable, and profits and losses.

 

Grants

  • Assist and participate in grant development opportunities with the Fiscal Manager and Executive Director; identifies needs and researches potential opportunities for grant submission. Help assist in the development of grant proposals.
  • Maintains a master grant list; develops reports on status and manages the internal and external reporting requirements as established by the grantors.

 

 Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Promotes the mission of Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift Store Functions effectively as a team player while interacting and communicating professionally and effectively, maintaining open communication with supervisors, and other team members, customers, clients, vendors, and community partners.
  • Attends all meetings and trainings as required and pertaining to position.
  • Learn new tasks.
  • Attends work on a regular basis with minimal absences or tardiness
  • May be required to work over 40 hours a week, or re-arrange hours as necessary, must be approved by the supervisor
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Adheres to all building safety requirements according to the fire code for all areas in the store.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Special Events:

  • An integral part of the special events team to include Fashion Show, St. Francis Dinner and other fundraising events.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, develops requests for donations, sponsorships and in-kind donations.
  • Responsible for fiscal responsibilities during fundraising events
  • Assists in maintaining and keeping fundraising databases current

 

Qualifications:

  • The desire to promote the mission of Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift Store
  • Must be skilled and proficient with QuickBooks and maintaining databases
  • AA or preferred BA in Accounting, Business or another related field OR 5-10 years’ experience or a combination of education and work experience in accounting and/or bookkeeping, Accounts Payable/Receivable
  • Grant development and writing (to be discussed)
  • Attend Board meetings and present/review financial statements
  • Valid MT Driver’s License or valid MT Identification Card for hiring purposes

 

Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to lift, and carry objects weighing up to 20lbs. team lifting 20lbs and above
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time while working on the computer
  • May spend work hours interacting with vendors, staff, customers, or those in need of support through the ministries.

 

Working Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

  • May work both inside and off-campus to attend community meetings.
  • Fast paced store environment with heavy traffic flow on and off throughout the day
  • May be required to interact throughout the day with customers or those in need

 

Montana Housing Conference May 18-May 19

 

Good Samaritan’s Housing Navigator Chandler Rowling will be presenting two sessions at the conference:

Session 1: Creating Solutions- Montana Mediators Take Action on May 18th 1:00-2:30pm
In this session we will learn how communities in Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Missoula use Certified Mediators and the existing system(s) to help landlords and tenants work out conflict. Panelist will consist of representatives from Montana Mediation Association, the Billings Mediation Center, and Good Samaritan Ministries of Helena. The last 30-minutes will be reserved for questions and further discussion.

In Yellowstone County, the Billings Mediation Center (Conflict Resilience Project) and Montana Mediation Association have partnered with Judge Carter and Judge Walker to use the judicial system to help landlords and tenants work out issues.

In 2020, Good Samaritan Ministries in Helena piloted a Housing Navigation program to serve the workforce housing community members in the Lewis and Clark county. This program connects and engages community members, landlords, property managers, and housing partners to housing services and resources. During COVID 19, Good Samaritan has also successfully offered financial assistance with eviction prevention, rental assistance, and mortgage assistance. Good Samaritan continues to serve the most vulnerable and homeless population.

Speakers
Session 2: Housing Navigation and Community Engagement on May 19th 11-12pm:
This panel session will consist of three housing navigators who work separately in Kalispell, Butte, and Helena. The panelists will begin by briefly explaining what each of them do for their organization and out in the community to provide an understanding what a housing navigator can do because this role can look different across Montana. Then they will be asked a series of questions that will give insight to participants about what they are seeing on the ground with landlords, the housing market, and housing related services.

In this session, participants will receive information based on those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. Two of the navigators serve the population that is categorized as very to extremely low-income and the other navigator focuses on those who are considered the workforce housing.

Housing navigators in general work in many areas of housing services like financial assistance, landlord and tenant mediation, and keeping in check with fair housing rights/policies to just name a few.

During COVID-19, these housing navigation programs have shown to be essential as our homeless population continues to grow and be vulnerable due to lack of shelter options. Also, many people who were living paycheck to paycheck before COVID-19 have found themselves facing housing insecurity and many of them have never been in this situation before. These events have caused a huge strain on services, financial assistance, and the housing market when these were already a high-demand before COVID-19. However, despite the many barriers that have been presented these housing navigators have been creative to create innovative ways that they could still serve those in need of housing and strengthen community engagement. At the end of the panel, there will be time for Q&A.

406.442.0780
3067 N. Montana Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

office hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

thrift store hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Loading Dock: Due to limited staffing our dock hours have changed to Tuesday through Saturday 9-4 operational hours will be limited until staffing needs are met.

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