Thursday, January 25th Good Samaritan Ministries celebrated the announcement of the new Hunthausen Fund with a reception at Carroll College. In Attendance were Archbishop Raymond Huthausen and Fr. Jack Hunthausen, two of the three siblings for which the fund was named.
The fund is a “hands-up” approach to reducing homelessness and will pay first month’s rent and deposit to applicants who are precariously housed.
Good Samaritan will start taking applications for the Hunthausen Fund July 1 2018 at the start of their new fiscal year.
The fund is collaboration between Good Samaritan Ministries and the Hunthausen Family. County Commissioner Andy Hunthausen brought the idea to Good Samaritan Ministries director Theresa Ortega, to establish a fund for those precariously housed in the Helena Area.
The fund would be modeled after a fund of the same name operating in the Seattle Area. Seattle’s Hunthausen fund is named after Andy’s uncle, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, who served a time in the area.
The Hunthausen fund at Good Samaritan is named in honor of the extraordinary ministry of Archbishop Hunthausen, Fr. John (Jack) Hunthausen and Sr. Edna Hunthausen. All three siblings are champions of Social Justice, working for the poor and needy in Montana
The Hunthausen Fund is for homeless individuals and families seeking one-time move-in cost assistance. The program guidelines are as follows:
· Applicants who qualify must be precariously housed meaning homeless, couch surfing, living with family members, living in vehicle or tent, and any other inhabitable or unsafe conditions.
· Applicants must have identified housing, been approved, and ready to move-in.
· The housing assistance amount has both grant and loan portions. We ask that recipients pay back 50% of the assistance so other homeless households can continue to benefit from the services in the future.
· Applicants may move-in to Lewis and Clark, Broadwater or Jefferson County
· Housing must be permanent, we will not assist with move-in costs for transitional housing.
Please feel free to contact the Good Samaritan Assistance Program, Corbin Bruursema or Theresa Ortega at (406) 442 0780with any questions you may have or online www.goodsamhelena.org
Its with sad news that we report to you that yesterday morning we discovered our Good Samaritan Donation Truck had been deliberately damaged. The gas line has been cut, and so our truck will be out of commission for some time until we can repair it. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
We as a non profit, view this as an (expensive) set back but when bad things happen, we continue on because we are motivated by our mission to help people, without counting the cost. We believe we are doing good in the community and the spirit of good will always overcome hate, spite and vindictiveness. It is this fact that keeps us from being discouraged, and keeps us pressing on to serve our Helena Community.
Truck Campaign Goals
If we raise $500 we can repair the gas line and have the truck up and running in a matter of weeks
If we raise $2,000 we can do all the above and make more long awaited repairs to the truck that will make it more efficient ( tommy gate, body repair, transmission repair)
If we raise $8,000 we can update and implement a security system where the truck is parked, to prevent vandalism like this from happening in the future (this is not the first time its happened!) and buy a shed to protect our forklift, which is also vulnerable.
Thank you for your support and if you would like to donate to get our truck back up and running soon, you can donate online with this link or in store. Any help would be greatly appreciated and together we can get our truck back on the road!
If you've seen our iconic white truck with our red logo driving around town, chances are our friendly truck driver Mark Dlugosz is behind the wheel. Always armed with a cup of coffee and a smile, this helpful employee is always willing to go the extra step to help you get your thrift store donations to our floor. We sat down with Mark to learn more about him and his time with Good Samaritan Ministries:
When did you first start working at Good Samaritan?
Started working here 8 years ago in the summer – Fall 2008 A friend knew of the job, I walked in and Theresa hired me on the spot. I was on the dock and then went to the drive the truck. The dock is a good stepping stone to any position here because you get used to sorting donations and get used to customers – everything you need for other positions
After a year working at Good Samaritan you left for another opportunity, what brought you back all these years later?
Yeah I came back April of this year! I heard Theresa was back (because she also had left Good Sam and came back!) I just always liked her style of management so I came back. A few of us did, it seemed like the core group was reuniting.
What was the biggest change you noticed coming back after all these years? GSM hadn’t been renovated yet, that was taking place the first time I was here. The offices hadn’t been made, the store has expanded a lot!
What do you like about working at Good Samaritan Ministries?
Its more altruistic than most jobs- we help a lot of people. I like the customers, I like helping the customers. I enjoy driving the truck- [our pick up service] is very important for people that have limited mobility, it’s a great service to go to them and help them. They always thank me after the pick up- they are very appreciative
Anything else? Just remind people: We do deliver, as well as pick up!
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