GIVING TUESDAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

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Giving Tuesday is right around the corner and this year, the day of giving, is very important to Good Samaritan Ministries. Due to COVID-19 we have had to forgo our community fundraising events.

The Annual Fashion Show and St. Francis Dinner were our largest events of the year which raised money for our Assistance Account to go directly to helping those in need in the Helena community.

Because of these cancelations, and the current pandemic we are not able to help as many people as we usually can and due to current circumstances, the need for assistance to those struggling has risen exponentially.

By making a small monthly donation you can make a huge impact on someone’s life.

Click the link below or you can text

HELPNEEDS to 44-321

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/good-samaritan-ministries-thrift-store/giving-tuesday-neighbors-helping-neighbors

 

 

Truck Pick Ups

Due to limited staffing our truck will only be able to pick up furniture on Wednesdays and Fridays until further notice all other donations can be brought to  the dock on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Thank you for your understanding

Thank you to American Storage

We would like to send out a big thank you to American Storage and it’s owner Tim Davis for their community collaboration with Good Samaritan’s Housing Navigator by program providing 2 storage units free of charge to our program.

The owner says: “We are pleased to work with organizations who are helping those in need. Our donation allows you to provide valuable storage space to those in transition at the time that they need it most”

 

http://www.americanstoragemt.com/

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!!!

 

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.

Please click below to read our entire newsletter

Summer-Fall 2020 Newsletter

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