Good Samaritan Rescue Mission
Our mission is to receive homeless men and women with just the clothes on their back and assist them in rebuilding their life one step at a time. We have a heavy emphasis on employment rather than government benefits because it is the beginning of finding dignity and purpose and leaving the shame behind. People have physical, emotional, and spiritual needs; and if the whole of their life is not addressed, their life will remain unstable. We have 34 programs available as rebuilding tools.
We have been in overflow conditions since Hurricane Harvey of last year, and we are working hard on getting everyone into a bed in one of the housing buildings. In mid-October, looking at an occupancy of 262, we decided it would be too physically dangerous to put more people in our buildings, so we began a temporary hold on new in-takes so that those who check out can be replaced by those who are in overflow buildings on the waiting list. We have plans for a larger campus; but for now, we must do the best we can with the space we have.
We are faith-based, accept no government funding, and are not members of United Way. Each program was con-ceived by one or more people who lived here in the past or are presently here. As a result, the root of most prob-lems can be quickly identified. Then we brainstorm with staff and other residents to come with a solution or an even better solution than we had before. We are not a copy of any local or national model. Good Sam is an original concept, and we can modify or create a program quickly if a new need arises.
We serve 3 meals and 2 snacks every day of the year, and we are open around the clock. We are never closed. We have an excellent day labor program and a growing medical clinic with a medical dorm and one hospice room so those who are about to go into eternity can be with their new friends in a home atmosphere rather than in a hospital or on the street. We have Good Sam's Canine Camp and Cattery for our residents who checked in with a pet. We love and accept people from every faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and national origin.
To those who are open, we share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who gave His Life so that we could share in HIS Life throughout eternity. Our greatest tool is unconditional love. Good Sam is far more than a place to feed and shelter people. Miracles happen here.