The Good Samaritan Ministry (Good Sams) is a non-profit, non-denominational charity that serves the poor
and those coping with emergencies in Slidell, Alton and Pearl River, Louisiana. Established in 1993, eighty+
volunteers work in donated office space with over 99% of the organization’s donated resources assisting the poor.
The mission of the Good Sams is to provide immediate financial assistance to those experiencing dire circumstances
while connecting them to case management agencies that can provide longer-term assistance. Good Sams helps families
in crisis. This assistance stabilizes a volatile situation to allow time for planning a lasting solution. By being
accessible and focused on immediate needs, we give hope in crisis. For example, in fiscal years ending 2010 and 2011,
the number of families given aid by category included but not limited to:
Category FYE 2011 (7/1/2010-6/30/2011) FYE 2010 (7/1/2009-6/30/2010)
Housing Assistance 255 Families 341 311
Utility assistance 335 Families 384 376
and other financial
assistance 95 Families 131 126
Project Christmas 140 Children adopted
for clothes and toys 256 140
Thanksgiving 100 Baskets with
emphasis on elderly 125 110
Emergency Food Bank 1250 individuals 436 462
School Supplies 170 107
Sometimes, a “check” isn’t the answer, and for such instances we turn to our growing network of professionals
to donate their services including: dental, home repair, prescription consulting, and mental health counseling.
We have a strong network of case management charities to lean on when debt-counseling, shelters, procurement
of government services, or legal issues need to be addressed.
Good Sams is easily accessible to those in need, yet assistance is focused on breaking the cycle of dependency
by helping individuals to regain financial self-sufficiency. To accomplish this goal, we see clients five
days a week. Those seeking appointments go through a formal screening process that evaluates and verifies
need, income, identity, and expenses before a decision is made to provide assistance.
Our ministry practices good fiscal planning, having secured six months of operational costs
in savings to ease the highs and lows of charity donations. However, the needs of our community
have grown exponentially since Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Oil Spill, and are now impacted by
the poor economy with lost jobs, lost revenue and tighter times. To maximize this ministry’s results,
Good Sams is asking for assistance. We have a well-established, well-run ministry as a result
of volunteerism and community support. Good Sams is in position to give 99% of your funding to
helping families in need.
Please consider partnering with Good Sams. Learn more. We promise to be a charity worth consideration.
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