What a person can do today with assistance, they will do tomorrow by themselves.

We did a mission moment months ago regarding a young lady who was struggling in life. She desperately needed help and someone to help her navigate towards finding that help. She was about as lost as a person can be, needing mental health care as well as addiction treatment and help. We cannot stress enough about how hard it was to get her the help she deserves and needed. She strived for a life that she can be proud of and a life where she can be happy. She worked so hard to achieve this. And Good Samaritan has walked this path with her and could not be prouder of who she is today. She is fully in recovery, working with the PACT team from The Center for Mental Health who has guided her in changing her life. She is now seeing her children again which is what she was fighting so hard for. We wish you could all see this transformation. You would be moved to tears as we have been.

Every single day is a struggle for those facing mental health challenges along with addiction issues. It is a very real problem. We ALL need to come together to help support individuals in this struggle. To help them navigate the system so they can each get the help they DESERVE! And if we come together like we did for this young lady and fight for their right to a good life we can have more success stories such as hers. She is truly an inspiration.

 

It only takes one person to believe in you to start believing in yourself

 

 

 

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!!!

 

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.

We give a hand up, not a hand out

Good Samaritan’s Assistance Ministry was working with a young man who was in such a desperate situation, no home, no money, no sense of security, such a fear of the future that he didn’t know how or if he even wanted to live anymore. Good Samaritan helped him with a bus

ticket to Butte where he was able to get stable housing and start a new life. He recently was in contact with our Assistance Coordinator and told her how he wakes up grateful every day now instead of wanting to die.

 

The young man was so thankful for the help from Good Samaritan Ministries that he came back and donated to the Assistance Ministry to show his gratitude for the new life he has built for himself.

 

His story is a great example of how Good Samaritan gives people a hand up not a handout in order for them to succeed in life.

 

Assistance comes full circle

Good Samaritan’s Assistance Ministry was working with a young man who was in such a desperate situation, no home, no money, no sense of security, such a fear of the future that he didn’t know how or if he even wanted to live anymore. Good Samaritan helped him with a bus ticket to Butte where he was able to get stable housing and start a new life.

 

He recently was in contact with our Assistance Coordinator and told her how he wakes up grateful every day now instead of wanting to die. The young man was so thankful for the help from Good Samaritan Ministries that he came back and donated to the Assistance Ministry to show his gratitude for the new life he has built for himself. His story is a great example of how Good Samaritan gives people a hand up not a handout in order for them to succeed in life.

We are with you every step of the way

A client came into Our Place in desperate need, he  talked with Peer Support about needing help with his Alcohol and drug problem. The man wanted information on Alcoholics Anonymous and felt this would be a good solution for his alcohol and drug problem. Our Peer Support talked with the client about his drug and alcohol history. He shared that he is over 40 years old and started drinking when he was 13 years old then started using other substances shortly after that. He shared that he consumes large quantities of alcohol and whatever else was available.

Peer Support talked with the young man about the dangers of coming off alcohol and talked with him about going into detox, then into treatment to help him in his journey.

A few days later he was accepted into Rim Rock Treatment Center for a 5 day treatment program on 7-08-2020 he was provided transportation  to RimRock and discharged on 7-14-2020. Marvin Coleman, the manager of Our Place, picked him up from treatment for continuity of services and to help with a warm cross over back to the community. 

While he was at treatment  Our Place Peer Support staff worked on finding him a housing placement to help prevent the cycle of homelessness and drug and alcohol relapse., Upon his  release from treatment, Marvin worked with him to set up a recovery plan. He will participate at Our Place every day to help with avoiding isolation, he will work with Peer Support from Instar Community service and participate in AA meetings, he will continue with his breathalyzers and continue to work with Pretrial services. He will be staying at God’s Love until another housing option is available. Because of his continuing dedication to his recovery plan he was recently accepted into a sober transitional housing on 7-31-2020.

Congratulations TK

We are with you all the way!!!

 

Everyone deserves a good life

 

A young lady came to Our Place in need of help, this young lady has struggled with mental health and drug addiction since she was 11 years old. This young lady is making serious decisions with her life, she is six months pregnant and plans on giving the baby up for adoption, she has decided her sobriety is critical for survival. The next struggles are conquering homelessness, and to retain employment.

How do you manage in the world, you do not!

This is where you, our donor comes into changing lives.

The day we met she had been “clean for 60 days” but the struggle and torment to refuse drugs was excruciating as was her mental health.  We connected her with Marvin Coleman, our case manager. He gave her time for her future…help with a resume, job applications, transportation, referral to housing, a food stamp application, Medicaid which were all approved the same day.  He moved mountains for her that day.

 

He then helped her with a Permanent Supportive Housing Voucher application, she was approved and found a home within two weeks, and a job! Staff worked with her for the sustainability of her home and job that both are in walking distance.

Today

120 days off all street drugs, participating in Narcotics Anonymous, established medical care with an OBGYN, and mental health treatment. She stays in contact with her support system at Our Place on a weekly basis.

We are so proud of this young woman and her life today, but her success is because of you and the fact that you care! 

We give a hand up, not a hand out

A young lady came to Our Place in need of help, this young lady has struggled with mental health and drug addiction since she was 11 years old. This young lady is making serious decisions with her life, she is six months pregnant and plans on giving the baby up for adoption, she has decided her sobriety is critical for survival. The next struggles are conquering homelessness, and to retain employment.

 

How do you manage in the world, you do not!

This is where you, our donor comes into changing lives.

 

The day we met she had been “clean for 60 days” but the struggle and torment to refuse drugs was excruciating as was her mental health.  We connected her with Marvin Coleman, our case manager. He gave her time for her future…help with a resume, job applications, transportation, referral to housing, a food stamp application, Medicaid which were all approved the same day.  He moved mountains for her that day.

 

He then helped her with a Permanent Supportive Housing Voucher application, she was approved and found a home within two weeks, and a job! Staff worked with her for the sustainability of her home and job that both are in walking distance.

 

Today

 

120 days off all street drugs, participating in Narcotics Anonymous, established medical care with an OBGYN, and mental health treatment. She stays in contact with her support system at Our Place on a weekly basis.

 

We are so proud of this young woman and her life today, but her success is because of you and the fact that you care! 

 

When the Shoe Fits…

A young man came into Good Samaritan feeling desperate and alone in the world. Our receptionist told him he was always welcome here and could sit in the lobby and talk to her as long as he needed. He began to get emotional as he opened up about past trauma and how he could not even afford to buy clothes or shoes that fit.

Can you imagine wearing shoes two sizes too small because you don’t have the resources to buy shoes that fit? On top of previous trauma?

Our receptionist gave him a clothing voucher so he could pick out some new clothes and shoes that fit. He immediately put on his new shoes which brought a smile to his face. When we have the basic necessities of life we forget how much the little things matter, like a pair of shoes that fit. GSM provided him a hotel room because he had nowhere else to go but alone on the streets again. As he was leaving the receptionist gave him a hug, he became emotional and said; “I can’t explain how much it means to be treated like a human again”. The story does not end here, our assistance coordinator continued working on referrals and his needs.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Today a client came to us looking totally defeated. I interviewed him and discovered that he was homeless and had been sleeping on the street for the last year. In that time, he had experienced violence, hunger, oppression, and stigma. Due to circumstances out of his control he had lost his apartment, his friends, his job and had been residing outside or in whatever shelter would take him in. The first thing we did was fed him. The second thing we did was get him emergency shelter and then fed him again. We put together a food box for him at night so he wouldn’t have to experience food insecurity. At that time, our amazing team of assistance and housing went to work on his situation. We filled out a Permanent Supportive Housing Voucher application and contacted Helena Housing. Sometimes life is all about timing, Janice from Helena housing came down and approved the application, one of our other consumers knew of a place that had an open apartment. We took him down to fill out a housing application and he was approved the same day, he moved into his new apartment that morning at 10:00 am.

He came in this afternoon to fill out a volunteer application because he wants to pay it forward to other people in need.

Good Samaritan has a special quality, an unspoken sense of belonging or a safe place to be in times of crisis, sadness, or simply a place to talk

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