“I Know Who You Are…”                                                             

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. 

During one very difficult day while leaving the office on crutches, a homeless man (whom I’ve never seen before) comes out of nowhere and approaches me. He doesn’t ask for anything which is unusual in my line of work. Instead, he looks me in the face and says – “I know who you are… I know exactly who you are…” At this point, many thoughts are running across my mind and I wanted to find a way to escape. He pulls out a Bible from one of his bags and reads the story of the Good Samaritan (Matt. 10:25-37). The man stops and says – “That’s you… I see all the good work Good Sam does in the community for others.” “The city and my people thank you and the Lord is pleased with you…” “Keep up the good work and moving forward!” He then disappears while walking down the street never to be seen again.

Many times, we fail to realize who God may send our way to encourage us in times of need. The Bibles says – “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). Thank you Lord for sending encouragement when we needed it the most. You know how to give the right words at the right time to keep us moving forward in life and serving others. It is truly a blessing to be a part of God’s Kingdom and have opportunities to share the love of Jesus Christ with our neighbors in need. We serve an awesome God who loves us all unconditionally.

Thank you for trusting us to be your missionaries here in Upper East Tennessee.  

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Social Services

Monday – Friday 

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Good Sam Thrift Store 

Monday – Saturday 

9 am – 4 pm

Counseling Center 

Monday, Tuesday, Friday 

By Appointment 

Legal Clinic

Every First Saturday 

9 am – 11 am 

Melting Pot

Monday – Friday 

Breakfast 8 am 

Lunch 11:30 am

Saturday  

Breakfast 8:30 am  

Summer Food Distribution

May 30th, 9am

June 27th,  9am

July 25th, 9am 

Back 2 School Picnic

August 3rd, 11am

BECOME A LINK THIS SUMMER

Poverty doesn’t just affect the homeless veteran but also the hardworking families who are trying their best to provide for their families. This is why we focus our efforts on partnering with families in combating poverty and changing lives. Did you know that 5 out of 6 kids who rely on free or reduced-priced school meals aren’t getting free meals in the summer? Our Summer Food Program addresses hunger in the household by not only focusing on kids but the family structure. We provide families food boxes during the summer months, but we also ensure that the children are enrolled in our Back 2 School Program in which they receive new clothing and school supplies for the new year. 

Research has also shown that families spend $300 more when school is out. Life as a single mother can be difficult. Instead of worrying about earning extra income for food, clothing and school supplies for her young children, our friend Jessica was able to focus on her schooling for the past two years. Jessica graduated from Community College and received an Associates Degree in Nursing. The Summer Food and Back 2 School Programs are for incredible people like Jessica who just need a helping hand as they lift themselves out of the grips of poverty. We need your help so we can serve more families this summer! 

Be A GOOD SAM Advocate

CONDUCT A FOOD DRIVEPick a Food item to collect and turn in items by May 20th, June 17th or July 15th.

We need items such as corn, mac&cheese, sweet potato, jelly, and peanut butter. 

CONDUCT A SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVEPick a School Supply item to collect and turn in items by May 31th, June 28th or July 19th.

DONATESummer Food Program – $35 covers the cost on one food box. $105 covers a food box for a family for the entire summer. 

Back 2 School Program – $35 dollars covers the cost of a backpack and school supplies for each child. $150 covers a Back 2 School box 

VOLUNTEERPack Summer Food Boxes and Back 2 School Boxes

Serve Meals at the Melting Pot

Volunteer weekly with our Social Services Department

For any questions or concerns, please contact Programs at (423) 928-1958 or programs@goodsamjc.org.