History

1969 Individuals who recognized the growing social need in the region and felt that the faith community needed to respond create Good Samaritan Center, offering direct services such as clothing closet, food pantry, adult literacy, and tutoring services for youth.

Late 70s Under the direction of Virgil Gulker, Good Samaritan Center changes its model from direct service to a clearinghouse model where needs are assessed and then referred to agencies and churches. This new model becomes known as Love Inc. The success of the model was duplicated and has since spread across North America.

Late 80s Good Samaritan Ministries partners with World Vision and becomes a part of Project Home Again, mentoring families who were homeless and refugees.

1995 Partnering with Community Action House, the two organizations launch the Community Housing Partnership, offering transitional housing paired with intensive case management.

1996 Good Samaritan Ministries is one of the first faith-based organizations to contract with the Federal Government under the Charitable Choice Provision of the 1996 Welfare Reform Legislation, Project Zero, showing the importance of mentoring to families transitioning from welfare to work.

2002 Good Samaritan Ministries contracts with the local Frost Center for Social Science Research to conduct evaluation of all our mentoring programs, concluding that “there is strong evidence of immediate impact of mentoring as well as a robust and long lasting positive economic and social benefit of Good Samaritan Ministries’ intervention on participant functioning.”

2004 Good Samaritan Ministries starts the Faith In Youth Partnership with AmeriCorps, mentoring at-risk middle school youth in the Holland/Zeeland community.

2005 Points of Light Foundation and FASTEN identify Good Samaritan Ministries as one of the top 25 faith-based intermediaries that fosters bridge-building partnerships with local faith and community-based organizations, government agencies, foundations, and other partners.

2009 MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority) approaches Good Samaritan Ministries to play the intermediary for a 2-year, federal stimulus fund, county-wide homeless prevention/rapid re-housing grant which is successfully implemented.

2009 The Community Housing Partnership receives an award from the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness in recognition of demonstrated quality and effective practices in services to people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

2010 Neighborhood Connections is initiated to address poverty from the neighborhood level and build strong neighborhoods where people are working together to improve the quality of life for themselves and their community.

2013 Good Samaritan Ministries becomes the first Circles® site in the state of Michigan. Circles® is a national program that brings people of diverse incomes together in an effort to help low-income individuals and families achieve their financial goals.

 

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