This past month of July 2018 brought endings and new beginnings. We were saddened to see the passing of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, one of the namesakes and inspirations for our new Hunthausen fund for the homeless at Good Samaritan Ministries. Coincidentally this month marked the official opening of the fund. Applications were accepting the beginning of July , amidst this great sadness this fund brings hope.
New hope, and a new beginning for families, families like “Laura” and “Joe”. This young couple found themselves in a desperate situation and turned to the Hunthausen Fund for help. Both working parents of a newborn baby, they were renting and making ends meet. However the place they were renting proved to be unsuitable to live. There were unsafe conditions affecting their baby health issues. After countless unsuccessful talks and appeals to their landlord to fix the problem, they realized for their health and well-being they needed to move. They found a new, apartment to rent, but didn’t know how they could come up with the money to initially afford it. Those living like "Laura" and "Joe" usually fall through the cracks, because they make just enough not to qualify for federal housing assistance. But living paycheck to paycheck, the difficulty is saving enough up front money for moving costs. Security deposits and first month’s rent can be well over $1000.
The Hunthausen Fund was able to put Laura and Joe in a new place by assisting them with the tremendous upfront costs of moving into a new apartment. With this boost, they are able to continue working and afford the monthly rent. They can now focus on their family, making sure their daughter is safe and healthy. Their family’s future is one of hope-A happy new beginning in a healthy, safe home thanks to the Hunthausen fund and thanks to you.
Thank you for donating to the Hunthausen Fund, especially for giving a gift in memory of the Archbishop. His legacy and memory lives on in the people his fund serves.
At Good Samaritan Ministries, we believe everyone who walks in our door is treated with kindness and respect. Part of that respect and dignity means having a safe, clean, comfortable environment
And so, we are turning to the community in the form of a building campaign to raise the necessary funds for our renovations.
Because of the building’s excessive needs, our campaign will replace the 2018 Fashion Show Fundraiser.
The building is in desperate need of major repairs to keep it updated, safe, comfortable and efficient. Originally the Gibson building, much of the same structure and fixtures remain are outdated. Without repairs and in some cases, replacements, we will not be able to continue our level of services.
Sometimes for our clients our store is the only safe respite from the cold. Sometimes it is a place they can go and not be bothered or told to move along, but instead find a helping hand and a welcoming ear.
And so we are reaching out to the community to help us with our facility in a community wide building campaign.
We decided it is prudent, so as not to overwhelm our loyal donors with multiple requests this summer and fall, to make this our necessary fundraising focus. With an updated building we will be able to provide optimal services to the Helena Community and the clients we serve.
The Fashion Show will be back, bigger and better than ever in 2019.
As a donor you have a choice to what fund your donation dollars go, but we ask you to consider the building fund for 2018. We appreciate the community’s support on our Fashion Show and we hope to invest the community just as much in your Good Samaritan Building.
Answering the Call
Good Samaritan Ministries now has a completely updated and new phone system thanks to a grant from the Foundation for the Diocese of Helena and other tremendous private donors!
The additional funds needed were then raised by Good Samaritan in a small campaign "Answering the Call" asking a few private donors.
Our new phones were successfully installed today and staff are already being trained on them!
After years of “hand me down” phone systems (literally coming to us from our donation dock) we are so excited to have a sophisticated and new system for the first time ever! And what a difference for our clients, customers and staff. Thank you again to our donors!
Thank you to the Foundation for the Diocese of Helena and all our other donors for answering the call, and enabling us to help those most vulnerable in our community! Our Answering the Call Campaign was a huge success with a focused and effective outcome.
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“Anna” is a single mother with one son who lives with her.
In order to make ends meet Anna was working two jobs but she came in to our Assistance Office because she got laid off of her waitressing job. She has been searching for another part time job and has been getting by, but because of the unexpected loss of job, she was now facing an eviction.
With Good Samaritan’s help she was able to get her month’s rent paid and make future arrangements with her Landlord.
Things are looking up for Anna, she has a promising part time job prospect, and she knows the Good Samaritan Ministries is here for her as a safety net when life throws her curveballs!
Lots of exciting changes happening at Good Samaritan Thrift Store this spring! If you haven't been to the store recently, you will be surprised to see some cash register renovation in the works! Once finished, we will update the blog with pictures and details so stay tuned!
A big change will happen to our Thrift Store Half Price Sale starting July 2018.
In July, our half price sale will start on the First Friday of every month (as opposed to the 1st of the month as it is now).
The Half price sale will still be three days, it will run the first Friday through that Sunday.
We hope this change will make it more convenient for our customers, giving that weekends are a more convenient time to come shop at the Thrift Store. Hopefully this will allow more people to take advantage of the 50% off thrift store items!
Thank you Helena for voting us Best Thrift Store five years in a row! It is our hope to continually get better for our loyal and amazing customers! Happy Spring and see you soon at Good Samaritan Thrift Store!
Today, March 13th is National Good Samaritan Day!This is a day to celebrate kindness and draw attention to those who give of themselves, perform unselfish acts to help those in need.
" The term “good Samaritan” comes from the Bible parable where a Samaritan helped a stranger who had been robbed and beaten and left to die by the side of the road. The Samaritan not only cleaned the man’s wounds and clothed him, but took him to an inn where he paid for the man’s care."
(https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-good-samaritan-day-march-13/) You can read the bible parable here.
Our Ministry is named after the Good Samaritan who gave without counting the cost because we have made this our mission for over 40 years: To see those suffering, beaten and oppressed, and to help them without hesitation.
Celebrate National Good Samaritan Day!
Learn more about how we are helping families and individuals in the Helena Area.
Join us in our efforts to help those in need.
Make an effort to help someone who is struggling or having a problem.
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!
GSM Mission Moments
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