The food pantry provides perishable and non-perishable food items, baby supplies, paper and hygiene products. Good Samaritan also participates in the federal USDA food distribution program for eligible clients. Clients are given a one-month food allotment based on the number in their household.
Food boxes are delivered to those who are elderly and disabled and have no means of transportation. Emergency food supplies for 1-2 days are available in emergency circumstances.
Bring your food donations to 100 N Roan Street, Johnson City, TN or 331 Industrial Park, Piney Flats, TN or donate monetarily here on our website.
We thank you for all you give!
Good Sam’s social work department and other community partners work alongside one another to educate and equip clients regularly for stewardship management through weekly classes, follow-up and one on one meetings. These efforts are to better position you to handle the demands of life.
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When you donate items to our store Heaven Sent Family Outlet you are supporting our ministry and in turn helping the less fortunate people in our community.
Are you interested in sponsoring a gift box this Christmas? Is it your desire to be the bright light for someone this Christmas?
Good Samaritan Ministries’ annual Back to School Picnic at the TVA Credit Union Ballpark was a blast! After months of preparation and eager anticipation, we were able to witness the beauty of God’s kingdom at work through the gift of community. Because of people like you, we had 165 volunteers at the picnic which composed of 38 churches, businesses and individuals.
It turned out to be a great atmosphere as we were able to have a festival theme with a hotdog meal, snow cones, a popcorn machine, a bounce house, free haircuts, a game of kickball on the mound and more.
We were able to serve the needs of 521 children, giving them a box with clothes, shoes and a backpack with schools supplies. As the children ate and played, we prayed that the love of Christ would permeate into their lives, their families and the community around them.
Aaron T. Murphy
As I sit in my office I hear our phone lines ringing and the chatter of those in our downstairs lobby. I hear a little girl talking to her mother saying - “Mommy…I am so hungry…I don’t want to sit in the dark anymore…do you think they can help us with food and lights?” I also hear another woman who is weeping saying - “My husband left me with my children for another woman and we have no place to go…” While I am opening my laptop, I notice that tears are rolling down my cheeks. If I could collect the tears shed here at Good Sam., would we have enough buckets in the world to hold them? We see that the weather is starting to drop in temperature and the leaves turning colors, we know that Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching us soon. We also know the need in our region never ceases to end and seems to increase. Jesus said that the poor will always be among you. (Mark 14:7) Here at Good Sam., we find that statement to be very true.
I recall Jason who occasionally slept under a bridge in downtown Johnson City because he opted out of staying at local shelter agencies due to personal considerations. Our staff diligently prayed and worked with Jason by helping him with food, clothing, housing and obtaining a birth certificate and identification. He is now attending a local church, has a job and working on a B.S. at a local college. We see ourselves as missionaries here in Upper East TN who are called by God to serve on the front lines of battle serving the homeless and preventing homelessness one person at a time. Since the lives of people matter to us, it drives us to work hard to make a holistic difference not only in our community but in the world for the glory of Jesus Christ.
If only the walls of the Good Sam. lobby could talk, what would they say? They would probably respond with heavy tears to the countless encounters of those who had no other option or place to go to ask for help. So today, I exercise the call to be a voice for the voiceless military veteran who needs a food box, shower and clean pair of clothes. To be a voice for the voiceless little girl who went to bed hungry in the dark the night before, the single mother of three with no place to go, and the elderly woman whose fixed income doesn’t afford her enough for her much needed medications. Will you consider partnering with us this Holiday Season in prayer and giving a monetary donation to Good Samaritan Ministries to help someone with a hand up in the time of need? May these upcoming holidays be a huge blessing to you and yours. Thank you for trusting us to serve your community.
Good Samaritan Ministries hopes you have had a wonderful summer! As the summer dwindles down, we wait in anticipation for the beautiful leaves to begin to change as the season of fall arrives. Fall also brings one of America’s favorite holidays in Thanksgiving! While many families have the means to provide food for this joyous occasion, many others do not have the same assurance.
From the single mother who is working multiple jobs but does not qualify for government assistance, to the disabled senior veteran who lives on his own, Good Samaritan Ministries desires to be the advocate for those who need a hand up. Many families and individuals in our community will need help to ensure they have a Thanksgiving meal, and extra food for the following weeks leading into the winter months.
This year, we plan to give 550 Thanksgiving food boxes and 200 fully prepared meals for families, veterans, the disabled, and the elderly in northeast Tennessee. Our waiting list is active, so as resources provide, we would love to bless even more people than the number provided! We would like for you to prayerfully partner with us in one of two ways. First, we would love for your church, group, or place of work to conduct a Thanksgiving food drive. Attached, is the Thanksgiving food list so that you can choose an item(s) to collect. Secondly, you can donate towards this cause, please send all checks and/or money orders to Good Samaritan Ministries – P.O. Box 2441, Johnson City, TN 37605 or visit our website and donate online at www.GoodSamJC.org.
If you plan to conduct a food drive, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 423-928-0288, and let us know that you will be partnering with us and what food item(s) you will be collecting. Please have all food drives to be concluded by October 17, 2016. This means that you can bring your food to Good Sam offices anytime between now and the given time frame. Once the food drive ends, you can drop off the food at Good Samaritan or our staff or volunteers can come to pick up the food at your location. Also, we welcome your group to help pack and distribute the boxes. We will begin to pack the boxes, Monday, October 31, 2016, through Friday, November 4, 2016.
We are so excited for what God is going to do through us as we partner together to provide food for our brothers and sisters in need. Thank you for answering the call to be a Good Samaritan four our neighbors. May God bless and keep you.
We are so grateful for the experience of helping children have great start to the new school year.