CHANGE THE WORLD.
To provide emergency needs for the poor, low income, homeless, individuals/families-at-risk, children, veterans, and elderly populations through education, mentoring and social services.
Combat Poverty and Change Lives.
HOMELESS PREVENTION CASES
BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
This program targets school-aged children of low-income families and provides children with a backpack of school supplies and two new back to school outfits.
Good Samaritan Ministries is dedicated to serving these individuals in hopes of seeing lives changed. As well as lifting simple burdens from their shoulders we offer pray, case management, and we often see many get off the street and into homes.
Homelessness is associated wtih social isolation and lock of healthy hygiene. Our onsite services assists these concerns to those in need.
OUR DAILY BREAD
Our Daily Bread at The Melting Pot serves food to hungry people everyday using food donations from a variety of generous sources. In 2018, the Melting Pot served 115,326 meals.
We see an increasing need for food every day. Good Samaritan Ministries makes over 7,200 food boxes not including other holiday food programs.
LEGAL & LIVING SERVICES
These services provides legal assistance and emergency rental, electric, water and gas payments to prevent low-income families and individuals from being homeless.
All I only wanted was an opportunity to serve but I got more than serving, rather I had the opportunity to engage, learn, and interact with people. At Good Sam, I met happy people who were glad to work with me. My experience as a storytelling intern gave me an...
In which group did you volunteer and what time did you arrive at the program location? I volunteered at both Thankful Baptist Church and Good Samaritan Ministries for the Back to School picnic. I was there to set up things and I was also at the prayers. I was the...
Serving people creates an avenue for every individual to experience his or her community. In the United States, many individuals volunteer at not-for-profit organizations. However, volunteering opportunities are not just peculiar to not-for-profit organizations, there...
“To get a little, you got to give a little” - Bobbie ‘I am a 37 year old mother of two daughters: a 15 year old with autism and an 11 year old. I was raised here in Johnson City, but later moved to Jonesborough for the rest of my youth. Once I became a mother I...
Summertime has kicked off and the thought of school is distant in the minds of many children. However, many low-income parents and grandparents are already thinking about the new academic school year. While parents and guardians with a stable income do not worry about preparations for the upcoming school year, it is a financial burden for families with a limited income. Imagine having to decide between purchasing school supplies or new clothing for a child?
by Aaron T. Murphy
When you need it the most, encouragement can come from places you least expect it. As a child, I never really understood and fully believed in angels until a recent encounter with a complete stranger that has impacted my life forever. Last year, I tore my achilles while playing basketball and was unable to walk for 3 months. Once my doctor fully released me to return to the office on crutches, I struggled both physically and mentally for some time. I was at a point of deep depression and my wife, family and friends did their best to motivate me to keep moving forward in life while serving others.
There is a growing number of deaths from the misuse of Opioids in Tennessee. According to the Johnson City Press, about 1, 300 persons died in Tennessee from opioids in 2017. The article also notes that Northeast Tennessee is one of the epidemic’s “hardest hit” regions in the United States. In fact, the state of Tennessee in 2017, ranks first as the state that records the highest sales of opioids in the United States with “44.3 kilograms of opioids per 100,000 residents.”
According to Feedingamerica.org 1 out of 7 people live in hunger and 1 out of 5 children live in hunger in Tennessee. In addition,Netfoodbank.org notes that the 2011 Census data “reveals that there are 98,292 people (1 out of every 5 residents) living in poverty in Northeast Tennessee (out of a general population of 507,691).” Also, “more than 1 in 4 children under age 18 (29,474 children) live in poverty” in Northeast Tennessee. Going by these statistics, it could be safe to assume that Northeast Tennessee is food insecure.