We would like to introduce you to our good friend, Dora. Dora spent some time with us here at Good Samaritan Ministries. She was a part of our Second Chance Program. This is a program that was developed with the purpose of assisting our neighbors who want to truly have a new beginning, but need support beyond the normal services of Good Samaritan Ministries (Good Sam). The heart behind the program is that by giving back to the community, one can then find fulfillment knowing that it will help instill the desire to make positive life choices in the future. We assist individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds in becoming self-sufficient. As a member of the program, there are many goals and obligations, which must be met. Along with the member’s goals and activities Good Sam will also provide assistance available within the organization, as well as referrals, to enable the member to be successful on this journey. By volunteering for 90 days at Good Sam, a Second Chance member is able to develop the intrinsic desire to have a better life. Dora is the first individual to complete her 90 days, and to find a permanent place to live. We are very proud of Dora and thankful for her hard work! Good Samaritan Ministries will continue to recognize those neighbors who truly want a Second Chance. Help us congratulate Dora!
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Good Samaritan Ministries has the privilege and honor to welcome interns’ year round. Our interns range from college students who desire to gain experience and pursue work in serving the community, to individuals that are interested in learning and utilizing their skills for a great cause. With possibilities to intern in a varieties of areas, (Social work, Programs, Media, Marketing, and more) we believe in empowering the next generation to use their gifts and also serve the community!
We were excited to have Chelsie intern with us. She interned in the Programs Department and was able to contribute to the planning and coordination of our yearly programs. We had a chance to talk with her about her internship experience:
1. How did you get involved with Good Samaritan Ministries? (Good Sam) I started as a volunteer in 2015 after hearing the Executive Director, Aaron Murphy’s description of Good Samaritan Ministries. After hearing about Good Sam and their mission to “Share The Love of Jesus Christ”, I knew this is where I would want to be. The following year it was time for me to fulfill my internship requirements for my school and I was blessed with the opportunity to intern with the Programs Department.
2. What are some of the programs that you have been involved in and what role did you play? I have been involved in the Back 2 School, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter programs. I helped with planning the events, inputting and reviewing applications, packing Back 2 School & Christmas boxes, communicating with our church partners and supervising volunteer groups that came to serve. Each program is special in its’ own way and was a blessing to be a part of!
3. What is has been your favorite memory serving at Good Sam? There are many memories I have made here at Good Sam. However, one memory that I will never forget was the day of The Back 2 School Picnic. As the children received their boxes, their smiles alone were a blessing! Another memory that I will never forget was one of our Christmas distribution days. An elderly lady had filled out a gift sheet and wrote that she wanted pots and pans for Christmas. When that woman came to get her box and saw that she got a new set of pots and pans she had tears of joy. It was an overwhelming sight to see!
4. Do you have any advice for someone that wants to intern at Good Sam? I highly recommend Good Samaritan Ministries for anyone looking for an internship. Good Sam not only serves the community by providing food, clothes, showers, help with rent, lights, water, etc. Good Sam shares the love of Jesus Christ to those who may not know how much Jesus really loves them. I see frowns turned to smiles everyday by showing love towards them. I was stretched beyond imagination but I grew in my skills and giftings. Good Sam is a GREAT and LOVING environment!
5. Being a college student can be very time consuming. How do you make time for Good Sam? Good Sam has been great working around my school schedule. They have always respected the fact that I am a college student and that I need time for school work also. I also made sure that nights and weekends were reserved to do my homework.
6. How would you encourage other students to get involved with Good Sam? They can call or email Good Sam about volunteering or internships. The website also has some details. There are a plenty of ways to get involved! I could go on and on about how many times I have been blessed working with Good Sam, and I believe that anyone that got involved would receive the same joy I have!
7. What have you learned the most? As a college student who is still maturing, I have learned that we are living in a world of all types of people searching for answers, comfort, and assistance. Even though we can’t help everyone, we should focus on being obedient to Christ and serving the ONE person in our lives. And through The Love of Jesus Christ we can shed light towards those in need. Interning at Good Sam changed my life and the way that I see broken and impossible situations.
Throughout the duration of the internship Good Sam interns will learn and work through the lens of three areas:
SERVICE- Once a week, interns will serve in an area of the ministry that is outside of their role. Serving in different areas will expose them to Good Sam holistically, and the hope is that through service, it will foster a culture of servant-hood that the interns will carry beyond their time Good Sam .
TEACHING-Interns will receive teaching on community development and effective ways to reach the homeless.
EMPOWERMENT- With the guidance and oversight of Good Sam,Interns will be responsible for at least one project for their duration of their internship.
WE LOVE INTERNS! If you’re interested in interning with us, connect with us to see which internships are available and apply!
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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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.