(figures are from fiscal year 2012-13)
Our vision is a healthy, engaged and compassionate community.
Our mission is to end poverty and homelessness. We do this by mobilizing faith-based and community partners, activating individual and community assets, and meeting immediate needs in our community.
Good Samaritan Ministries was founded in 1969. Individuals from a variety of local churches recognized the growing social needs in the region and felt that the faith community needed to respond. Good Samaritan Ministries was formed in recognition that the church could respond to these needs collectively better than individually.
Over the years, GSM has remained flexible and has shifted its activities and programs to accomodate changing needs in the community. In the late 1970s, under the direction of Virgil Gulker, GSM changed from a model of direct service to a clearinghouse model. In this model (known at that time as Love, INC), needs from the community were assessed and referred to local agencies and churches who could respond to those needs. The Love INC model has since spread across North America.
Today, GSM still operates its Clearinghouse, linking people in need with churches and local agencies. We also provide direct services to people who are struggling to find Affordable Housing. We aim to provide positive community connections for at-risk youth through our Faith in Youth program. Our Neighborhood Connections program works to equip and strengthen under-resourced neighborhoods through relationship-building and collaboration among neighbors, churches and community partners. GSM has played a key role in developing a multitude of programs, organizing and mobilizing local churches, and responding to the needs of tens of thousands of members of our community.
Good Samaritan Ministries is critical to the community. With our vision and history of collaborative development, we help eliminate the duplication of social services, leverage financial resources to address critical community needs and build partnerships to utilize the unique resources of all community partners including businesses, government, non-profit and faith-based organizations.
Board of Directors
Front Row: Kathy DeVries, Stephanie Croom, Leslie Drahos, Brenda VanderMeulen, Linda PynnonenBack Row: John Query, Scott Lubbers, Steve Baumann, Matt Wehrmeyer, Dave CammengaNot Pictured: Nick Dekker, Larry Dykhuis, Patrice Rankine
Steve Baumann, CPA - DeBoer, Baumann & Company PLC
Dave Cammenga, Engineering Director, Prototype and Development - Gentex Corporation
Stephanie Croom, Associate Director, Formation for Ministry - Western Theological Seminary
Nick Dekker, Attorney - Cunningham Dalman PC
Kathy DeVries, Consultant
Leslie Drahos, Retired Attorney
Larry Dykhuis - Secretary, Manager of Environmental Affairs - Herman Miller, Inc.
Scott Lubbers, Vice President Commercial Banking - Fifth Third Bank
Linda Pynnonen, Retired Teacher
John Query, Retired Businessman
Patrice Rankine, Dean for the Arts & Humanities - Hope College
Brenda VanderMeulen - President, President - River Hills Consulting
Matt Wehrmeyer, Human Resources Manager - Wolverine Power
Staff (in alphabetical order)
Scott Baumgartner, Faith in Youth Partnership (AmericaCorps) Director
Kerri Brandsen, Finance Director
Rosie Daly, Housing Assessment and Resource Team Coordinator
Shelly Dykema, Accounting Assistant
Olivia Garcia, Housing Resource Specialist
Becky Garza, Housing Assessment and Resource Team Case Manager
Ginny Giles, Advancement Director
Jody Immink, Housing Director
Linda Jacobs, Executive Director
Kathy Kibby, Clearinghouse Assistant/Office Coordinator
Angela Maxwell, CHP Home Maintenance Educator
Anne Reilly-Clegg, Marketing Manager
Marjorie Rosario, Clearinghouse Director
Stephanie Soderstrom, Community Coach & CHP Mentor Coordinator
Judy Van Dyke, Circles/Neighborhood Connections Director