Good Samaritan/Lewis and Clark County Public Meeting

Independent Record
Please Publish: August 23, 30, 2020
Contact: Ann McCauley, Lewis and Clark County Grants Administrator
(406) 447-8383
Bill to: Good Samaritan Ministries

Good Samaritan Ministries/Lewis and Clark County Public Meeting
Lewis and Clark County is sponsoring a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for funding improvements to the Good Samaritan Ministries building located at 3067 North Montana, Helena, Montana. Improvements include repair to the facility’s roof. The Preliminary Architectural Report being prepared will also consider future interior upgrades to make the building more efficient
and address potential safety issues. The meeting will be held via Zoom with a brief presentation on the project and potential funding. Participants will be given an opportunity to comment. The video call will be held at noon on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm. To join the meeting please use the following instructions:
Video call link: https://zoom.us/j/98318053443
Call In: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 983 1805 3443#
Watch the Lewis and Clark County and Good Samaritan website and Facebook page for additional information on the project.
Website: www.lccountymt.gov/cdp/grants-program.html or www.goodsamhelena.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LCCoGovernment or www.facebook.com/goodsamhelena
Written comments are encouraged and should be mailed to Robie Culver, Grant Writer, Stahly Engineering & Associates, 3530 Centennial Drive, Helena, MT 59601 or emailed to [email protected] on or before September 9, 2020.

For further information please contact Ann McCauley, Lewis and Clark County, (406) 447-8383; Robie Culver, Stahly Engineering, (406) 442-8594; or Theresa Ortega, Good Samaritan, (406) 442-0780.

 

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.

 

Full-Time Receptionist

The Receptionist works to assist other office staff with maintaining efficiency, structure, and organization within the office. You will be responsible for maintaining a clean, organized, and safe environment that is pleasing for employees and customers. You will be responsible for all incoming
calls, faxes that need to be routed to employees. This position must adhere to the parameters of the position and duties. You will be responsible for inputting data and appointments into the database. Must possess the ability to be flexible and work other assigned projects and duties as necessary and instructed. Skills needed for this position are master in Microsoft Word and Excel, attention to detail, multi-tasking, organizational, able to take instruction, works consistently throughout the shift, complete all tasks given, computer skills such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and ability to work under stressful conditions.

Essential Functions: Duties and Responsibilities including but not limited to the following

  •  Manages incoming phone calls showing dignity and respect to all customer and/or clients.
  • Schedules assistance appointments, donation pick-ups and helps assist if needed in the Assistance appointments.
  • Ensures that all messages are taken, and each staff or volunteer receive written notification of messages
  • Ensures that all addresses, names, and phone numbers are correct on the system and in messages taken.
  • Maintains order and professionalism in the office.
  • Provides customers with appointment cards and or resources for additional assistance.
  • Responsible for keeping administration offices clean, dusted, organized, free from debris and clutter so that it is pleasing to customers and clients as a first point of contact.
  • informs supervisor about any repairs or supplies needed
  • Will create and maintain data bases for various projects (mailing lists, in-store vouchers, form files)
  • Helps train office volunteers
  • Maintains archive binders
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information regarding clients and employees of Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift Store
  • Acts as support for staff in various departments
  • Helps hang and price new clothing
  • Responsible for all filing and copying responsibilities
  • Ensures that all paper is refilled in copier, and fax machine daily
  • Ensures that all supplies get ordered, logs them into the supply log and keeps record of purchasing.
  • Must be able to multitask, completing multiple projects with deadline requirements
  • Functions effectively as a team player and supports the organization
  • Attends all meetings and trainings as required
  • Follows all directions and Good Samaritan Policies
  • Works consistently through the day with approved breaks. When area duties are “caught up”, finds other tasks or projects to stay busy in the effort to support the store and co-workers.
  • Uses work hours effectively and efficiently focusing on tasks and projects that need to be completed.
  • Other duties as necessary

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Interacts and communicates professionally and effectively while maintaining open communication with supervisors, and other team members, customers, and clients.
  • Functions as a team member for the success of the Good Samaritan Store
  • Learns New Tasks
  •  Be available for trainings for continuing education
  • Follows Directions and Policies
  •  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
  • Adheres to all building safety requirements according to the fire code for all areas in the store.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications:
    Organized, sets priorities, meets deadlines, and works with minimum supervision
  • Must have excellent Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Internet, Email, skills, Mail Merge
  • Must have a least a year Receptionist and/or Administrative Assistant experienc
  • Must be able to operate postage machine, fax, and copier/printer
  • Must be able to answer multi-line phone and handle fast paced offic
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •  Exceptional customer service skills while dealing with customers, co-workers, and volunteers
  • Must be a team player
  • Valid MT Driver’s License, or valid MT Identification Card, and social security card for hiring purposes and dependent upon position.

Preferred:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Previous experience or knowledge of receptionist duties and thrift store operations
  • Physical Requirements:
    Frequent Lifting, carrying, and transporting of 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
  • Must be able to move throughout the store if asked to complete other tasks

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.

  • Mainly works inside the building
  • Fast paced store environment with heavy traffic flow on and off throughout the day

To apply for any position please pick up an application from our store or download it online and submit to Chelsey. For all questions please call Chelsey at (406) 442-0780 extension 101.

Full-Time Clothing Production Assistant

The Production Assistant in the Clothing Department is responsible for managing merchandise by sorting and preparing donations for store sales. They maintain a clean, organized, and safe environment which is pleasing for employees and customers. Primary responsibility will be to process and price and hang all clothing, preparing them for the sales floor. Will ensure that the clothes are organized, stocked,and pleasing to the eye. They must possess the ability to be flexible and work other assigned projects and duties as necessary and instructed. Skills needed for this position are attention to detail, multi-tasking,
organizational, and able to take instruction, works consistently throughout the shift, able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, lifting bags, and boxes of donated items. Must complete all tasks given.

Lifting requirements: up to 60lbs with the use of equipment aides

Essential Functions: Duties and Responsibilities including but not limited to the following

  • Expected to daily sort, price as needed and place clothing racks on the sales floor for purchase
  • Ensures clothing is stocked for daily sales, especially during ½ price sale
  •  Responsible for keeping the Clothing production area clean and orderly, and remove all trip and fall hazards, as well as keeping displays pleasing to the customer’s eye.
  •  Conducts “pull downs” at the end of the month or as desired.
  • Puts away processed and priced merchandise
  •  Adheres to all building safety requirements, as well as follows procedure when an incident, accident or injury has occurred.
  •  Adheres to all store lifting policies and weight restrictions
  •  In the event a co-worker is out, potentially be willing to cover for staff and/or area
  •  Greets and assists customers, treating all with respect and dignity
  •  Maintains floors and work benches, sweeping, washing in your department area and make sure the shelves are dusted and presentable on the sales floor.
  •  Works consistently through the day with approved breaks. When area duties are “caught up”, finds other tasks or projects to stay busy in the effort to support the store and co-workers
  •  Takes initiative to help others by picking up around the store (inside and out), moving empty carts into cart area when needed
  •  Other duties as necessary

Other Responsibilities:

  • Interacts and communicates professionally and effectively while maintaining open communication with supervisors, and other team members, customers, and clients.
  •  Functions as a team member for the success of the Good Samaritan Store
  • Learns New Tasks
  •  Follows Directions and Policies
  •  Attends work on a regular basis with minimal absences or tardiness
  • Attends all meetings and trainings as required
  •  Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Organized, sets priorities, meets deadlines, and works with minimum supervision
  •  Must be able to work consistently throughout your shift with/without distractions
  •  Able to prioritize backlog of merchandise waiting to be processed
  •  Able to communicate and interact effectively with customers, clients, volunteers, and co-workers
  •  Must be a team player
  •  Valid MT Driver’s License, or valid MT Identification Card, and social security card for hiring purposes and dependent upon position.
    Preferred:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  •  Previous experience or knowledge of thrift store operations

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, Frequent Lifting, carrying, and transporting of objects weighing up to 60lbs.
  •  Mobility within the facility

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.

  • Mainly works inside the building
  • Fast paced store environment with heavy traffic flow on and off throughout the day

To apply for any position please pick up an application from our store or download it online and submit to Chelsey. For all questions please call Chelsey at (406) 442-0780 extension 101.

Full-time Miscellaneous Production Coordinator

The Miscellaneous Production is responsible for managing merchandise in 6 areas (house wares,plastics, Seasonal, health and beauty, office supplies, pet supplies) while sorting and preparing donations for store sales. ting, Helps the Marketing Coordinator as needed with the of the Annual Fundraiser (Style Show) sorts collecting, and designing table spaces for the event. Primary responsibility will be to process and price the following but not inclusive to: all plates, silverware, dishes, pots, pans, holiday items, plastic ware, office material, pet supplies, knick-knacks, candles, candle holders, bathroom items, health and beauty, and other miscellaneous items…

Coordinator is responsible to maintain a clean, organized, and safe environment which is pleasing for co-workers and customers on the sales floor and in warehouse area. Will ensure that the shelves are organized, stocked, and pleasing to the eye. Must possess the ability to be flexible and work other
assigned projects and duties as necessary and instructed. Skills needed for this position are attention to detail, multi-tasking, organizational, and able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, lifting bags, and boxes of donated items. It is also the responsibility of the Coordinator to conduct or oversee a monthly “pull
down”. Must have computer skills, such as email, word, excel and internet. Knowledge of vintage and antiques are a must. Other duties as assigned. Oversee volunteers? Lifting requirements: up to 45lbs with the use of equipment aides as well as team lifting.

Essential Functions: Duties and Responsibilities including but not limited to the following

  • Expected to daily sort, price and display plates, silverware, dishes, pots and pans, holiday items, plastic ware, office material, pet supplies, knick-knacks, candles, candle holders, bathroom items, health and beauty, and other miscellaneous items on the sales floor for purchase
  •  Able to recognize sellable and non-sellable items
  • Ensures shelves are stocked for daily sales, especially during ½ price sale
  • Ensures items are not broken or dirty when processing and preparing for the sales floor
  • Responsible for keeping the miscellaneous production area clean and orderly and remove all trip and fall hazards, as well as keeping displays pleasing to the customer’s eye.
  • Conducts “pull downs” at the end of the month or as desired.
  •  Puts away processed and priced merchandise
  • Adheres to all building safety requirements, as well as follows procedure when an incident, accident or injury has occurred.
  • Adheres to all store lifting policies and weight restrictions
  • Greets and assists customers, treating all with respect and dignity
  • Maintains floors, trash, and work benches, sweeping, ensuring cleaning of all 6 areas and make sure the shelves are dusted and presentable on the sales floor.
  •  Works consistently through the day with approved breaks, as able and according to store policy.
  • Will follow your schedule, when area duties are “caught up”, finds other tasks or projects to stay busy in the effort to support the store and co-workers
  • Takes initiative to help co-workers in other departments by picking up around the store (inside and out), moving empty carts into cart area when needed
  • Able to effectively communicate with other supervisors and the Executive Director
  • Other duties as necessary

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interacts and communicates professionally and effectively while maintaining open communication with supervisors, and other team members, customers, and clients.
  • Functions as a team member for the success of the Good Samaritan Store
  • Learns New Tasks
  • Follows Directions and Policies
  • Attends work on a regular basis with minimal absences or tardiness
  • Attends all meetings and trainings as required
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications:
    Have knowledge of antique items
  • Able to organize, sets priorities, meet deadlines, and works with minimum supervision
  • Must be able to work consistently throughout your shift with/without distractions
  • Able to prioritize backlog of merchandise waiting to be processed
  •  Able to communicate and interact effectively with customers, clients, volunteers, and co-workers
  •  Must be a team player
  •  Valid MT Driver’s License, or valid MT Identification Card, and social security card for hiring purposes and dependent upon position.
  • Preferred:
    High School Diploma or GED
  •  Previous experience or knowledge of retail and or thrift store operations
  • Knowledge of antiques
  • Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, Frequent Lifting, carrying, and transporting of objects weighing up to at least 45lbs.
  • Mobility within the facility

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.

  • Mainly works inside the building
  • Fast paced store environment with heavy traffic flow on and off throughout the day

To apply for any position please pick up an application from our store or download it online and submit to Chelsey. For all questions please call Chelsey at (406) 442-0780 extension 101.

Full-Time Dock Production Assistant

Job Type: Full-Time

 

​Essential Functions: Duties and Responsibilities including but not limited to the following:

  • Will be responsible for driving the truck #1 and truck #2 safely and by following all traffic rules and regulations.
  • Will wear the seat belt at all times.
  • Will be responsible for filling out the daily truck mileage logs on both trucks.
  • Will be responsible for filing out the daily maintenance log on both trucks.
  • When not on the truck will work on the dock accepting incoming donation items and sorts according to the various departments.
  • Works on truck and dock refusing incoming donation items that are ripped, stained, torn, or broken.
  • Moves, lifts furniture items and assists customers with loading purchased merchandise
  • Will work with Truck Driver #1 with keeping the truck clean, orderly, and safe during scheduled shifts.
  • Provides customers with donation receipts on the truck and on the dock.
  • Responsible for ensuring a safe sales floor environment for co-workers and customers
  • Informs supervisor about any repairs or supplies needed
  • Adheres to all traffic rules and regulations
  • Adheres to all building safety requirements, as well as follows procedure when an incident, accident or injury has occurred.
  • Adheres to all store lifting policies and weight restrictions
  • In the event a co-worker is out, potentially be willing to cover
  • Greets and assists customers, clients and donors, on the truck and dock; treating all with respect and dignity
  • Other duties as necessary

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interacts and communicates professionally and effectively while maintaining open communication with supervisors, and other team members, customers and clients.
  • Functions as a team member for the success of the Good Samaritan Store
  • Will work full shifts unless otherwise approved by supervisor
  • Will take daily lunches at the scheduled time
  • Learns New Tasks
  • Follows Directions and Policies
  • 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
  • Attends all meetings and trainings as required
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Organized, sets priorities, meets deadlines and works with minimum supervision
  • Excellent customer service skills while dealing with customers, co-workers, and volunteers
  • Must be a team player
  • Valid MT Driver’s License with clean driving record

Preferred:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Previous experience or knowledge of thrift store operations

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequent lifting, carrying and transporting of objects weighing up to 100lbs. While utilizing dollies, hand trucks, flat carts, and teamwork. Mobility within the facility and ability to occasionally drive, load and unload the delivery truck

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.

  • Works inside and outside of the building
  • Fast-paced store environment with heavy traffic flow on and off throughout the day

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed by employees in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. The Good Samaritan Ministries Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet the store needs.

This job description is not a contract of employment with Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift Store. By signing this document you are acknowledging receipt of this Job Description and the expectations for the performance of the essential functions of the position.

To apply for any position please pick up an application from our store or download it online and submit to Chelsey. For all questions please call Chelsey at (406) 442-0780 extension 101.

Part-Time Linens Production Assistant

20 hours per week

The Production Assistant in the Linen Department is responsible for managing merchandise by sorting and preparing donations for store sales. They maintain a clean, organized, and safe environment which is pleasing for employees and customers. Primary responsibility will be to process and price all sheets, pillow, blankets, comforters, curtains, towels, and other miscellaneous items in the linen department, preparing them for the sales floor. Will ensure that the shelves are organized, stocked and pleasing to the eye. They must possess the ability to be flexible and work other assigned projects and duties as necessary and instructed. Skills needed for this position are attention to detail, multi-tasking, organizational, able to take instruction, works consistently throughout the shift, able to stand
on your feet for long periods of time, lifting bags, and boxes of donated items. Must complete all tasks given.

Lifting requirements: up to 60lbs with the use of equipment aides

Essential Functions: Duties and Responsibilities including but not limited to the following:

  •  Expected to daily sort, price and display comforters, blankets, towels, rugs, pillows, curtains, place mats,sheets, and dog blankets on the sales floor for purchase
  • Ensures shelves are stocked for daily sales, especially during ½ price sale
  •  Responsible for keeping the Linen production area clean and orderly, and remove all trip and fall hazards, as well as keeping displays pleasing to the customer’s eye.
  • Conducts “pull downs” at the end of the month or as desired.
  • Puts away processed and priced merchandise
  • Adheres to all building safety requirements, as well as follows procedure when an incident, accident or injury has occurred.
  • Adheres to all store lifting policies and weight restrictions
  •  In the event a co-worker is out, potentially be willing to cover for staff and/or area
  •  Greets and assists customers, treating all with respect and dignity
  • Maintains floors and work benches, sweeping, washing in your department area and make sure the shelves are dusted and presentable on the sales floor.\
  • Works consistently through the day with approved breaks. When area duties are “caught up”, finds other tasks or projects to stay busy in the effort to support the store and co-workers
  •  Takes initiative to help others by picking up around the store (inside and out), moving empty carts into cart area when needed
  • Other duties as necessary

To apply for any position please pick up an application from our store or download it online and submit to Chelsey. For all questions please call Chelsey at (406) 442-0780 extension 101.

Good Samaritan Ministries is helping people avoid crisis during COVID

 

Posted at 12:50 PM, Aug 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues various support systems have been implemented to help people make it through this crisis. Even with the numerous grants and other programs, no system is perfect and some in need have been left without support.

Good Samaritan Ministries in Helena has been there to catch people who fell through the cracks in the system and help them avoid crisis, including those they employ.

Marvin Colman manages Our Place, a drop-in center overseen by Good Samaritan that provides a place for people dealing with mental health challenges, homelessness or other struggles find support.

The pandemic caused Colman and his family to need the same type of support.

“When the shutdown first happened, there was just so much need in the community we couldn’t close. So we laid off our employees, I stayed working 25 to 30 hours a week,” said Colman.

Colman spent the beginning of the pandemic mainly delivering food and groceries to people who couldn’t pick it up themselves.

By working that much, although reduced, Colman didn’t qualify for unemployment benefits. He’s also a student right now, which means he didn’t qualify for the federal stimulus money.

“Then the avalanche started where I just couldn’t pay everything each month, and eventually got to the point where I was so far behind I had to make the decision of do I keep the power on or do I pay the rent,” explained Colman.

Colman helps hundreds of people each week with finding housing, job services, peer support rides and food delivery. Yet he himself still struggled with admitting he needed help.

“It’s unfortunately part of our culture and so that’s where I found myself, even though I am a hard worker,” Colman said. “It was a little humbling at first, but then I thought ‘this happened, it was beyond your control, go ask!’ which was the hardest thing to do.”

Good Samaritan’s assistance ministries were able to help Colman with his rent, and began getting out of the ever deepening hole he had found himself in.

“Once I got my rent paid I could focus on all of the other bills coming in,” Colman said. “It gave me a month to get back on my feet. Then we opened, my hours went back to normal and I’m slowly digging out.”

Colman’s story is similar to the hundreds of families Good Samaritan helps every week. Most found themselves in mounting debt due to unforeseen circumstances.

Executive Director Theresa Ortega says the COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for the organization, but one they’re adapting to.

“Even though our Thrift Store had closed, our Assistance Ministry never stopped,” said Ortega. “We provided services online to get people connected with different agencies to arrange for a place to stay or what their needs were.”

Good Samaritan can assist people with childcare, vehicle repair, dental, household items, toiletries and more.

The nonprofit was able to meet those needs during the pandemic thanks to the Paycheck Protection Program from SBA, and a $10,000 COVID Relief grant from the State of Montana.

The parable of the Good Samaritan tells the story of a man giving aid to someone in need, and expecting nothing in return.

Ortega says they will continue to live up to their namesake and help all in need they can, even long after the pandemic has passed.

“We like to follow our services to serve the most in need throughout our community, the whole aspect of that. Those usually are the people that are ill, or downtrodden or homeless and we’ll keep going no matter what,” said Ortega.

The Good Samaritan Thrift Store is back up to their regular hours,and accepting donation on Tuesdays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

More information about the services Good Samaritan Ministries provides, and how to support their mission can be found here.

Emergency housing assistance is also avalible through the State COVID Relief Fund. More information and how to apply can be found here.

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: OPEN for donations Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and closes one hour before store closing.

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