CONTEST, CONTEST, CONTEST!!!! FIND REFINISH AND RENEW

 

Do you refinish items that you have purchased at Good Samaritan? We would love to see the before and after pictures!! Your name or any personal information will not be used. 

Good Samaritan Store is starting a new contest for the best before and after photos that are sent to us with the deadline for submissions April 30th. The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Good Samaritan. 

The photo below is the after picture of a quilt a customer purchased from us, originally it looked worn with the colors faded and dull. After a deep clean wash, the colors brightened exponentially, finally the customer used 4” satin bias tape around the edges to finish the project. And WOW it looks like a new quilt!!

Please send your pictures to: [email protected] for submission

 

Poverty Awareness Month: subsidiarity & solidarity can end poverty

God empowers all, especially those who are vulnerable, to stand up for themselves and protect their dignity. Subsidiarity—the participation of the people directly affected by a problem in the solution-making process—is a way for us to affirm the dignity of all persons, especially at home in our communities. A key element of breaking the cycle of poverty is empowering low-income and vulnerable communities to learn how to raise their own voices and practice self-determination. In Catholic social teaching, subsidiarity is always paired with solidarity. Higher powers or institutions, such as government, must provide help and resources so that communities have the resources to address the problems that affect them.

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Part-Time Linens Production Assistant

Objective of the Position: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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, placemats, 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

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

Full-Time Cashier Needed

Objective of the Position: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Cashier is responsible for operating cash registers, credit cards, personal check sales as well as voucher transactions from our Ministry program. They maintain a clean, organized, and safe environment which is pleasing for employees and customers. They are responsible for responding to “Back-up” cashier calls. They will possess cashier, and cash handling skills. Excellent Customer Service is a must. 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, complete all
tasks given.

Essential Functions: Duties and Responsibilities including but not limited to the following
Cashier Responsibilities:
 Operates cash registers, cash transactions, credit cards, personal check sales, as well as voucher transactions
 Ensures Check Rite machine is used on all check transactions
 Acts as the first point of contact by greeting and assisting customers, treating all with dignity and respect
 Responsible when a “Back-Up’ cashier is called that you respond and cover for the time period needed.
 Answers incoming calls when the Receptionist is not available
 Responsible for managing the flow of the front counter and cash register
 May be required to tidy up the dressing rooms

Other Cashier Responsibilities:

 When you have down time ensures shelves are stocked for daily sales, especially during ½
price sale
 Responsible for keeping assigned cashier areas clean and orderly, while keeping displays
pleasing to the customer’s eye.
 Assists with “pull downs” at the end of the month or as directed.
 Puts away processed and priced merchandise to the correct departments as time allows
 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
 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 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:

 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, 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 25lbs.
 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

You can change a life

Greetings and Happy Holidays!

Each and every year we rely on generous donors like you to help us continue our work around keeping the Helena community a place where ALL of us can call home.

Instead of buying your friends and family a Christmas gift that they may not need consider donating to Good Samaritan in their name. They will receive a personal letter that a donation was made on their behalf for Christmas with information on what Good Samaritan does and how we help those struggling this time of year. If you choose to donate you will be helping our Assistance Ministry to:

  • Help the homeless off the streets or living in their cars to emergency shelter with continuing support
  • Help people find permanent housing and assist them as needed with rental deposits
  • Give those with nowhere else to go a safe space to speak to someone who can do their best to help meet their need
  • And every day needs that maybe we don’t think twice about such as: utility bills, clothing vouchers, medical supplies, medication assistance and so much more

https://www.goodsamhelena.org/assistance-ministry/

Montana Crisis Recovery Line Now Available!

CONTACTS:
Marissa Perry, Communications Director, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-4514
Erin Loranger, Press Secretary, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-9725
Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

Governor Bullock Announces New Crisis Counseling Hotline Funded by $1.6 Million Federal Grant

Montana Crisis Recovery line is now available at                  121-877-503-0833

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced a new crisis counseling hotline funded by a $1.6 million federal grant is now available to aid Montanans struggling with their mental health due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“We know Montanans in every corner of the state have been impacted by this virus in various ways and I’m pleased this hotline is available to support anyone in need,” Governor Bullock said. “I encourage Montanans to use the hotline now to receive confidential assistance and get connected to the appropriate services in their community.”

The Montana Crisis Recovery hotline is funded and available for at least the next nine months. Montanans in need of crisis counseling can call 1-877-503-0833 to receive free and confidential counseling services from trained crisis counselors Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The free service is meant to help people navigate feelings of isolation, loss, fear, uncertainty, depression, and anxiety they are experiencing during this time. The new service is available to all Montanans, with target populations identified as healthcare workers and first responders, school officials, veterans, elderly individuals, Native Americans, and farmers and ranchers.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) partnered with Disaster and Emergency Services to pursue the grant to address the growing need for mental health services.

“As COVID-19 cases rise across Montana, the impacts on mental health can be devastating to a wide range of the population,” Zoe Barnard, DPHHS Addictive and Mental Disorders Division Administrator, said. “A crisis counselor can offer an empathetic ear and provide support.”

Counselors on the other end of the line will be there to listen without judgement, offer emotional support, comfort, console, offer information and education on stress and coping, and direct callers to additional support and community resources. DPHHS is contracting with Mental Health America of Montana to manage the hotline. The phone line, when fully staffed, will include 12 trained crisis counselors. Efforts are currently under way to recruit and hire two counselors who are Tribal members.

In addition to Mental Health America of Montana, DPHHS will work closely with four additional project partners including the Montana Hospital Association, Voices of Hope, Kauffman & Associates Inc., and the Montana Public Health Institute. The team will work together to hire counselors and will provide outreach to communities across the state through this opportunity.

The grant is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Other mental health resources that are already available to Montanans include the Montana Crisis Text Line, Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Montana Warmline and Thrive by Waypoint Health.

The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 by texting MT to 741 741; the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-TALK (8255); the Warmline is available Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. at 877-688-3377; and information about Thrive by Waypoint Health, an online cognitive behavioral therapy for those actively working to manage anxiety and stress, is available at https://thriveformontana.com/

Over the past several months, DPHHS has expanded these services to assist Montanans through the ongoing pandemic.

Social Justice in Action

 

 An Article from the 2020 Good Samaritan Ministries Diocese Newsletter:

LOVE IN ACTION

“I’ve got a good job here but I can’t find housing for me and my family”, said an unnamed Helena man experiencing homelessness.  “I learned back in high school to trust my maker so that’s what I’m doin’ and I just keep on tryin’.”

For those who are homeless, winter brings significant additional challenges when the pandemic is also creating extra risk.  The organizations that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness are reporting record numbers of people needing assistance with shelter. However, the pandemic impacts their ability to provide services.

Since its inception in the 1980’s, Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM) in Helena has provided help through a variety of programs to serve individuals with basic needs as well people who are homeless and those in need of immediate assistance. These programs include the Assistance Ministry and associated Thrift Store, Our Place, Housing Navigator, and the Street Outreach Program. These different programs within GSM are funded by the four area Catholic parishes (Cathedral of Saint Helena, St. Mary’s Catholic Community, Our Lady of the Valley, and Sts. Cyril & Methodious) who provide monthly donations, and many other area churches, individuals, grants, the City of Helena, and Lewis and Clark County.

“The Assistance Ministry is available 24/7 so people can get services any day of the week including evenings”, said Executive Director, Theresa Ortega. “This assistance program provides basic emergency crisis shelter, help to pay rent and power bills, clothing, furniture and household goods as well as helping with medical care and transportation costs.”

Within the Thrift Store is another unique service called the “Placer Pantry” that is only open at scheduled times to provide free items to those in need which includes diapers, baby formula, soap, sleeping bags and personal hygiene items.  The Soroptimists Club of Helena and the Greater Federation of Women partner with GSM to provide these pantry items.

GSM is one of the “front door” agencies to the Housing First statewide database. This is a collaborative project through United Way that identifies the unique needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless, matches them with the agencies that can best meet their needs for housing and other resources, and connects them with these agencies. This makes the process of securing shelter and a more permanent home significantly less stressful for people in need.

In December of 2019, GSM took over the management of the “Our Place” program for Lewis and Clark County. With its colorful outdoor sign promising empowerment, recovery and wellness, it provides people in need (veterans, those from institutional settings, or those simply lost and in need of help) with a safe warm daytime place.  In addition to companionship, Helena Food Share, Salvation Army, and dropped off food donations provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. Hot coffee is served all day long and people can use a bathroom and a washer/dryer to do their laundry – a luxury for those who cannot afford a laundromat.

Trained staff at Our Place networks with community and state agencies to meet a variety of people’s needs that range from chemical dependency, physical and mental health services and necessary medications to food, housing and helping them to sign up to receive treatment, mental health support, Social Security, Medicaid, or Veteran Administration benefits.

A man walked into GSM’s Our Place seeking help; he was homeless and living in his vehicle.  Four months earlier his daughter had committed suicide, and a week later his older brother died from COVID-19. Although a recovered addict who had been in sobriety for ten years, he turned back to drugs to numb his grief, and then lost his job and his housing.

In a compassionate response, Marvin Colman, Manager of Our Place, reached out and partnered with Instar Community Services on behalf of the man seeking help to obtain a Chemical Dependency Evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, it was determined he needed inpatient treatment and GSM then contacted the Montana Chemical Dependency Center in Butte, who agreed to take him within the week.  GSM supplied transportation to Butte, where the man spent 30 days in treatment.  He successfully completed treatment, and now has housing and a job. The added grace in this situation is that he reconnected with his other two children.

GSM utilizes an Emergency Solutions Grant, which provides emergency shelter and helps people remain in their homes by paying up to six months of back rent. This grant also funds the Rapid Rehousing program which pays for the deposit and up to three months of rent on housing for people who are homeless.

Recently, GSM received a grant to develop a new Street Outreach Program where trained individuals reach out to people living on the street.  They offer people who are homeless food, hot coffee, and a human connection.  The outreach staff assists with any immediate needs including referrals for social services. It can take the outreach staff a period of time to build bonds of trust, as many homeless people have been traumatized and may have lived on the street for a long time.

One of many successful GSM clients whose story has a happy ending is “Kimberly”.  Her name is just Kimberly – she has no last name for this article.

“The longer you’re homeless, the harder it is to get on your feet,” said Kimberly after two years of living homeless.  When she walked into GSM’s Our Place,  Kimberly was timid, scared and sat under the stairs visibly shaking.  But two months later, and with the combined efforts of GSM, Our Place staff, and the Helena Housing Authority, she is now out of the cold and in her own apartment with food in her kitchen, furniture and a bed.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the corporal works of mercy are feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity; it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.

Each one of us can help the homeless people in our community.  We can offer prayers, make financial contributions to GSM, donate clothing, food, furniture and household goods, or become a volunteer. We can educate ourselves on the causes and conditions of homelessness. We can integrate the Catholic Social Teaching principles into our lives, which entails recognizing that all we have is a gift, given to be shared, and we are all created as children of God.

As our Holy Father Pope Francis wrote, “Each of us can learn something from others. No one is useless and no one is expendable.”

Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need.”  Pope Francis

 

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  8:30-3, and Saturday 9-3.

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