Our diverse services provide food for hungry families, guidance for new mothers, heat for cold families, encouragement for fathers, along with so much more.
The Moms & Tots Center has increased its programs, His House, our dad’s ministry has a new home, and the resale shop and furniture store are booming. Families are struggling 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. We enjoy donations of fruits and vegetables from our local growers. We are currently feeding over 2000 people 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.
A few years ago we saw a need for good shoes for area students. We had moms coming in to find shoes for their young ones and buying shoes that were “close enough” in size, we’ve seen the shoes on kids that were duck taped together, and heard the desperation. So we began Sammy’s Shoes, a shoe store in our resale shop stocked with new shoes in sizes from preschool size 8 all the day to big guys size 13. The shoes are for students that are on some kind of assistance, including free and reduced lunch. The shoes are free for kids, but we are happy to take donations!
Moms & Tots Center is a Christian ministry that provides support and services to pregnant women and mothers of children from infants to 5 years old. We provide pregnancy tests, counseling resources, and tools to help with the task of being a parent. We help moms through tough times, and share in the happy times too! We build relationships with the families that come to us. We are staffed by a Director and Assistant director and a group of about 25 volunteers.
Support we have available includes:
Our young moms are excited to see the variety of supplies we offer, including:
The Center has a library of instructional videos on many subjects from pre-birth to parenting. The EWYL program is designed to help with parenting skills. By taking classes or watching videos moms can earn car seats, baby swings, cribs, high chairs, strollers, and more!
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.
His House, a new outreach of Good Samaritan Family Services is a program to encourage dads. His House is committed to meeting men where they are, and standing with them as navigate through the gauntlet of life. This is a place of friendship, support, and encouragement. We come alongside men and take the journey of life with them, one step at a time.
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. 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! When you come into our resale shop you may notice that the atmosphere is upbeat and even a little quirky! Examples of our weekly sales are “buy something with a zipper get the next zippered item free!” or “buy a top get a bottom free”, and our most popular sale is the $5 bag sale! Our prices are very low, most tops and bottoms are $1, sweaters and jeans are $2, and baby clothes are 50 cents, and kids clothes are $1. We are anxious to help, and enjoy sharing a story or two! Come in and enjoy the treasure hunt! Our furniture store is full of treasures! We have vintage, classic, and well loved items throughout the large store front and in 3 bays too! Bring your truck and trailer when you come in to shop, you’ll find something to take home!
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