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Do you like to golf? Do you wish your love of golf could change your community for the better?

Our Annual Golf Classic fundraiser is coming up soon! This event supports our Community Housing Partnership, a collaborative partnership with Community Action House that works to end homelessness in the Holland/Zeeland area.

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So, what do they actually do in Circles®?                                                                                                                                                                                                         

In Circles® low-income individuals who are motivated to work their way out of poverty are called Circles Leaders. That’s Tim. He found Circles® through 70x7, an organization that serves formerly incarcerated men and women.  Tim has been working hard to better his life, and he’s succeeding.

tim and jayTim is paired up with Jay, his Circle Ally. Jay is a neighbor who joined Circles to offer encouragement and support to Circle Leaders as they achieve their financial goals. This partnership has given Tim the strong relationships and confidence he needs to take classes at Michigan Works and spend time with a local electrician – what Tim hopes to become. And it’s not all about him. Tim is in Holland’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy learning how he can lead efforts to build a stronger community. Most importantly, Tim cares about being a good father to his children.

Tim has hopes for his life that he never dreamed of several years ago.

How does all this wonderful work happen?

At around 6:00 on Thursday evenings, Tim meets up with Jay, his Ally and neighbor, at Moran Park Church. When Circles® came to town, he saw it as an opportunity to keep the momentum going on his path to recovery and a better life. 

From 6:00 to 6:30, everyone eats dinner together. “I enjoy the people there. We’re like a family.” Tim says of the group.  Everyone needs a family.

At 6:30, everyone wraps up their dinner and gathers in a circle to convene the meeting. Each person takes a turn to tell the group about something New or Good in their life.

When that’s finished, the group begins that night’s special activity. Sometimes they have a guest from Fifth Third Bank train them on something that could help with their financial goals, like using a savings account. Other times they discuss those things that are bigger than their individual situations-like laws and policies- which affect their ability to escape poverty.

But most of the time, the Circle Leaders take time with their Allies to combine their efforts and further the Leaders’ specific goals and aspirations.

Tim has set big goals for himself and his time with Circles. And what he really wants to do is be an electrician and own his own business.

But he isn’t really sure how to make it happen.

“I benefit from [Jay’s] tutelage. He knows some of the little details about starting a business that I don’t. And he holds me accountable” Tim says of his relationship with his Ally, Jay.

Jay agrees.

 “More importantly, we encourage each other. We share life and our spiritual journeys. Each time we meet we check in on the progress of our respective plans.” Jay says very seriously, “My life is better because Tim is in it.”

Then comes Tim’s favorite part of the night: the Appreciations. The group gathers in a circle again. This time it’s to offer mutual encouragement and support to everyone in the group. It’s important to the group to end the night with words of affirmation that empower the Leaders to go out and take the steps necessary to accomplish their goals. 

 “When we create a culture of ‘together we can’ thinking, we can achieve almost anything” Ally Jay says of Circles ®. “We’ll have each other’s back and together our gifts will matter to each other and our neighborhood.” 

posted on 3/20/14

 

"Don't be a Square!"

Communities First Association (CFA) is implementing Circles in three neighborhoods, including Good Samaritan Ministries' Neighborhood Connections! To read an article in CFA's newsletter on Good Samaritan's Circles initiative, click here.

posted on 2/21/14

Meet our New Advancement Director, Virginia (Ginny) Giles

GinnyTell me about yourself:

I recently earned my Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh. During that time I studied policy and advocacy, nonprofit management, and how the public and nonprofit sectors overlap and work together. I’m excited about the recent changes and trends in community development and looking forward to being a part of what Good Sam is doing in Holland.

I am also a part of the Christian Community Development Association’s (CCDA) Emerging Leaders Cohort and have worked in CCDA affiliated organizations in Pittsburgh. I served as the Development Manager for North Hills Community Outreach and the Volunteer Resources Manager at The Pittsburgh Project. In both positions I enjoyed engaging diverse groups of people in the work of community development.

Why did you choose to work in Advancement?

Fundraising is an opportunity to invite community members to respond to God’s call to care for our neighbors. Each of us has something to offer. Some may have time and skill while others may have financial resources. I love people and I am both excited and honored when I can help someone discover how they can best serve the Kingdom and our community.

Why do you want to work for Good Samaritan?

The work Good Samaritan is doing is innovative and cutting edge. In school, I had a chance to learn about the most recent research, best practices, and emerging trends in community development and poverty alleviation. Organizations that move beyond direct service and relief into community development, specifically Asset-Based Community Development, are starting to see lasting impact. Good Samaritan is a leader in this work and I want to be a part of it.

You wanted to live in Westcore, one of Good Samaritan’s Neighborhood Connections sites. Why is that?

I wanted to be in a neighborhood that is diverse and active. It is important to me to be connected to my neighbors and feel like I am part of a community. I believe God calls us to belong to each other, to be involved in each other’s lives. Belonging to a neighborhood, walking down the street and being able to stop and chat with my neighbors is one very small way to be obedient to God. Since Westcore is a Neighborhood Connections site I hope it will be easy to connect with my neighbors in meaningful and authentic ways.

What do you hope to do in your work at Good Samaritan?

I hope the same thing I always hope – that I am able to do what God is calling me to do and be the person God intends me to be. My desire is to have a professional life that uses my skills and experience to demonstrate God’s love through the work of community development. 

 posted on 2/19/14

"Circle of Hope": Holland Sentinel article about Circles

Ezzy wants to own her own home to provide more security for her children. And Good Samaritan' newest initiative, Circles, can help her get there. To read about Ezzy and how Circles is helping her, click here 

posted on 2/6/14
 

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Contact:

Linda Jacobs

Good Samaritan Ministries Director

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Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams Team Up to Bring People Closer to Home

January 31, 2014. Holland MI. Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams Realty Lakeshore are proud to announce the Closer to Home fundraising project.  This initiative is designed to raise funds and awareness for those seeking sustainable, long-term housing solutions.

Good Samaritan Ministries receives 300-400 calls per month from people facing a housing crisis. Linda Jacobs, Good Samaritan Ministries’ Executive Director commented that, “The Closer to Home program will help people in crisis overcome barriers and put them in a better position for homeownership.”

Keller Williams has generously kicked off the Closer to Home fundraising project with a donation of $1000 to Good Samaritan Ministries. With this seed money, Good Samaritan Ministries and Keller Williams are reaching out to all Realtors in the community to do the same.  If each brokerage firm in the greater Holland area matched Keller Williams’ donation, Good Samaritan Ministries could raise significant funds to help make our community and neighborhoods stronger.

Doug Klaasen, Keller Williams Realty Lakeshore Broker, commented, “We see value in this project both as residents and as a Realtors. By assisting potential homeowners to realize their dreams of owning a home - not only do we make this a better community with thriving neighborhoods - but we create a sustainable housing market that is competitive and fair.”

Good Samaritan Ministries’ mission is to end poverty and homelessness in the greater Holland/Zeeland area and it is doing so through a number of successful programs including:

Affordable Housing Connections: The central intake point for anyone in Ottawa County who is experiencing a housing crisis.

Neighborhood Connections: Building strong neighborhoods where people work together and use their talents to improve the quality of life for themselves and their community.

Circles: A national program that improves household economic security through education, resource assistance and peer support.

Philip L. Meyer, City of Holland Community and Neighborhood Services Director, recognizes the value of Good Samaritan Ministries, commenting that “Neighborhood Connections has been a leader in Holland in building community first by building relationships and by defining the special assets that neighborhood residents, churches, businesses and other institutions have to offer.”

Individuals and other businesses are invited to participate in the Closer to Home project by donating to Good Samaritan Ministries. For more information or if you want to donate online, visit www.GoodSamMinistries.com or http://www.goodsamministries.com/Web/whats_new.asp

To see this article as it appears on WZZM, click here 
posted on 2/3/14

 

Keller Williams Lakeshore Joins Good Samaritan Ministries to Challenge Realtors to Help Strengthen Their Community 

Keller Williams has generously kicked off the Closer to Home fundraising project with a donation of $1,000 to Good Samaritan Ministries. Now we are challenging other Realtors to do the same. With the Closer to Home fundraising project, Good Samaritan Ministries could raise significant funds to help make our community and neighborhoods stronger.

Why Good Samaritan Ministries? Good Samaritan Ministries’ mission is to end poverty and homelessness in the greater Holland/Zeeland area and we are doing so through a number of successful programs including:

Affordable Housing Connections: The central intake point for anyone in Ottawa County who is experiencing a housing crisis.
Neighborhood Connections: Building strong neighborhoods where people work together and use their talents to improve the quality of life for themselves and their community.
Circles: A nationally recognized program that improves household economic security through education, resource assistance and peer support.

Through the Closer to Home fundraising project, the community will benefit from

  • Serving the community in a new way and giving back to the very heart of the real estate business- our neighborhoods
  • Enhancing the appeal of our neighborhoods to potential homeowners by fostering neighborhoods that care
  • Assisting unqualified buyers to become qualified buyers by referring them to Good Samaritan Ministries' Circles initiativekwlogo
posted on 1/22/14
  

2014 Good Samaritan Ministries Board of Directors


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Back row (left to right): Larry Koops (Treasurer), Ken Bing, Matt Wehrmeyer, John Schmidt (Vice President), Tim Stob

Second row: Brenda VanderMeulen (Secretary), Leslie Drahos, Ruth Stegeman

Front row: Nick Dekker, Larry Dykhuis, Linda Pynnonen, John Query (President)

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