Accomplishments for 2012
Goals for 2013
The primary goal of GSM’s Recovery Program is for homeless men and women to become healthy, sober, self-sufficient and productive citizens.
Each program participant is expected to achieve the following goals:
Good Samaritan Ministries has the following objectives for the Recovery Program:
There are many homeless shelters in America that do wonderful work. When I started Good Samaritan Ministries in 1987 I didn't want us to be just another homeless shelter. I wanted to change peoples' lives. The origin of our slogan, "a hand up, not a hand out" speaks to that philosophy.
Rescuing men and women from the evil traps that lead to homelessness and addiction is no easy task. That is why we have developed a one-year program that takes the helpless and hopeless and offers them a way to regain their dignity, sanity and proper place back in society. During their year with us, participants pay nothing for the clothing, food, housing, counseling and job training they receive.
We rely solely on the Christian community to support us in terms of donations and prayers. It is the outpouring of Christian kindness that allows us to make these programs possible. It is through the redemptive power of Jesus that lives are changed here at Good Samaritan Ministries, and we are forever humble and appreciative of all those in the community who make our ministries possible. As Jesus himself said,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me."
Serving as Board Chair for Good Samaritan is a great privilege. There are times when the challenges of funding our efforts in the current environment may seem overwhelming. However, every time I attend a graduation from our Recovery Program, my enthusiasm for our Mission is renewed. Hearing the testimony of men and women graduates reminds me of the enormous difficulties these individuals have faced in their lives and how our "hand up, not a hand out" philosophy gives them a real second chance. Visiting our school is equally inspiring. Our ability to create a more structured, safe and Christian environment is critical to giving these kids a far better chance of overcoming the many challenges their world presents. I believe we are very good stewards of the resources we receive and that our work is of great benefit to those we serve and to our community.
Good Samaritan Ministries offers the Affordable Housing Program to Recovery Program graduates and the general public at the Good Samaritan Ministries-owned Clopton Apartments, which is located two blocks from the organization’s main campus. Approximately 20% of Recovery Program graduates who have found steady employment continue in the Affordable Housing Program for up to one year.
Affordable Housing Program participants must still abide by certain rules while living in the Clopton Apartments, including no co-habitation or visitors of the opposite sex. However, with the approval of Good Samaritan Ministries’ Program Director, a program graduate may be reunited with his or her spouse and children while participating in the Affordable Housing Program in the Clopton Apartments. Those in the program are also required to submit to random room inspections and drug tests. The Affordable Housing Program has a no tolerance policy that if a program participant is found to have drugs or alcohol he or she will be evicted immediately.
Affordable Housing Program participants sign a lease agreement with Good Samaritan Ministries and are expected to pay $85/week for rent, which includes utilities. If the participants wish to have phone and cable service, they are solely responsible for setting up the services and making those payments.
Good Samaritan Ministries offers all program participants a 50% discount on items purchased from the Good Samaritan Thrift Store so they can furnish their apartment. They can also purchase a used car from Good Samaritan Ministries’ own Good Sam’s Auto Sales on an affordable payment plan. Good Samaritan Ministries provides each participant a letter of reference stating their good standing in keeping up with rent and car payments. This helps the participants establish credit and enable them to get an apartment after they leave the Affordable Housing Program.
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