Since 1990, the Good Samaritan Family Services has been helping area families in time of need. Our diverse services provide food for hungry families, guidance for new mothers, heat for cold families, along with so much more.
This year has been very busy for us, as we have seen the need for assistance rise in our area. The Moms & Tots center service numbers are growing, and the resale shop and furniture store are booming. Times are tough and everybody is looking to stretch their dollar.
Scroll down to read more about each of our ministries, and how we're striving to serve the Lord by reaching out to those in need.
The Good Samaritan Food Pantry provides area families with a place to come when times are tough to collect food for their hungry family. The pantry is stocked with a large assortment of food items, including meats, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. Our non-profit status allows us to purchase the majority of our food items at a large discount from our local Manna food bank.
Over the past decade we've seen the need for Food Pantry services skyrocket. Back in the year 2000 we were serving a shade under 100 families per month. At the end of 2011, we were assisting more than 600 families each month!
The phone rings off the hook at the Good Samaritan. Senior Citizens without heat, young moms with an electric shut-off, disabled folks being evicted, people desperately looking for emergency help with emergency situations come to us. It is a blessing to have the ability to help families stay warm, stay in their homes, or solve an emergency situation. Oftentimes we work with other partnering agencies to be able to provide the necessary assistance. We also are able to act as a source for referrals to agencies better suited for specific needs.
There are times when our clients may come in looking for assistance that we cannot provide. Luckily, more times than not we know know where to direct him/her for assistance. Our referral program has become an important part of the services we provide. Sometimes our clients simply need to be pointed in the right direction, whether it be for help with items like medical issues or employment opportunities. We have made many connections with other non-profit organizations in the area that provide support often needed.
The Moms & Tots Center opened its doors in August of 2001 in a small cottage in downtown Ellsworth. Since its opening the Center has seen its client list shoot up to over 400+ young families. The Center's services were developed with one end goal in mind, equip young mothers with the means necessary to raise a healthy and happy baby. We strive to assist our young clients develop a roadmap for them and their baby, while providing a safe and nutoring enviroment to prepare them for motherhood.
In November of 2009 we moved to a new location in Ellsworth. Our new building is much larger, and enables us the to provide a wider array of services for our young mothers.
The Baby Resource Closet provides clients with items such as diapers and wipes, baby food and clothes, blankets and sheets, and a wide assortment of baby equipment including cribs, high chairs, and strollers. We also take time to educate the young mothers on how to properly use the variety of baby equipment, such as car seats and cribs. The service also includes continued peer counseling, information, spiritual counseling, and encouragement.
The Pregnancy Resource Center can provide clients with services including pregnancy tests, peer counseling, accurate pregnancy information, abortion alternatives, STDs and abstinence information, community referrals and resources, adoption information, maternity clothes, and post abortion support and counsel.
A new baby can sometimes be overwhelming for young mothers. Our Mentor Program provides a young mother with a mature caring women to counsel and assist the young mother through pregnancy, birth, as well as baby care needs.
Along with the items listed above, the center is always looking for new volunteers to assist in mentoring and counseling our young mothers in need. If interested, please visit our contact page to let us know and we will be sure to contact you to get more information about your volunteering interest.
Our resale shop is packed full of all sorts of treasures. With weekly sales, and new items always surfacing, there is something for everyone at our resale shop. Our furniture store (located downtown Ellsworth) has everything from couches, to coffee tables, to trinkets.
Revenue generated from our resale shop and furniture store sales help support our food pantry and maintenance costs for our ministries. Sales from the furniture store and resale shop makeup nearly 30% of our entire revenue generated for our ministry. We also use the donations we receive to provide clothes, coats, shoes, and other essentials to some of our less fortunate customers for little to no cost to them.
We gladly accept clean, useable items any time we are open (hours of service found here). We ask that items not be left outside our building during closed hours, mainly because these items will often become unusable. If you have questions about whether items are in good enough condition for us to take please don't be afraid to ask, we will be happy to help.
We like to have fun at our resale shop and furniture store. From the moment you walk in the door, you'll notice that we like to have fun while helping you find what you are looking for. From the wacky weekly sales we promote (a couple examples being "clothes with a zipper buy 1 get 1 free" and "buy a polka dot top, get a free bottom") to the great music we have playing while you shop, we want to make sure you have a fun time when you come visit our shops.
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