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Home, Hope & Haven, housing and transitional support is Good Samaritan’s focus mission.

At Good Samaritan, we believe in the sacred worth of of all people. We are committed to serving those in our community that are without home, resources or access to education and food. Through our focus on Home, Hope & Haven, we seek to provide housing and transitional support to those in need. We welcome everyone to serve by either donating through our annual Christmas and Easter offerings or volunteering at events throughout the year. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the church.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CHURCH ARE LISTED BELOW

 

Good Samaritan strives to live John Wesley’s Mantra:

Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as you can

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Serve MSP

August 3-5

Serve MSP is a day camp for youth in grades 7-12. At Serve MSP, youth (and adult leaders) will spend time volunteering with service partners that work to support and advocate for the marginalized and those in need in the Twin Cities area. Each day includes time to learn through experiential elements and from community speakers and leaders about topics rooted in social justice.

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Feed My Starving Children

2nd Wednesday of the month

Help pack food at Feed My Starving Children

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VEAP

VEAP Back to School Drive

We’re collecting school supplies such as backpacks, scientific calculators, Bluetooth headphones, notebooks, crayons, glue sticks, markers and pencils for students in the Bloomington, Richfield and Edina school districts. Drop off your donations in the narthex by the front entrance between now and July 30. Financial contributions designated for VEAP’s Back to School Drive will also be used to purchase some of the higher-priced items that families can’t always afford. Contact Sue Ohman with questions (952-994-5262).

 

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A Better Chance (ABC)

A Better Chance brings talented minority students from economically disadvantaged communities to Edina to attend Edina High School for up to 4 years. To date, over 130 students have successfully graduated from this program in the 47 years that it has existed. This program creates the better chance that these students will earn a quality college education.  It was founded by Pastor Postlewaite and several Good Samaritan members.

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Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Making Homes Warmer, Safer, Drier, Transforming Lives

ASP Update – We are beginning to plan an ASP trip to Appalachia in June of 2023. Stay tuned for more information.

Beacon – Families Moving Forward – 66 West

2021 TBD

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is a partnership of over 80 congregations who seek to end homelessness in our area through the Families Moving Forward shelter program, the creation of stable housing sites and through public advocacy.  View the Beacon Website.

Twice a year, for 7 days, we open our church home for four families for a total of up to 18 people in the Families Moving Forward program, enabling them to “feel at home” at Good Samaritan.

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Center for Servant Ministries

The Center for Servant Ministries seeks to cultivate holistic vitality in the community by building relationships and serving each other in ways that nourish the body, mind, and spirit. They provide community meals, a food pantry and produce fairs.

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Emma Norton

Weekdays 4p.m. - 6p.m.

Focuses on homeless women, children and families with mental illness or chemical dependency

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Good Samaritan Online Community Group

Always Available!

On June 12th, Good Samaritan rolled out a new Good Samaritan Online Community group on Facebook. This group will help serve as a hub of online interaction and information for our community, as well as having special curated content from our staff and Digital Team not available on our Facebook Page. It will be a private, safe, and moderated space. On Sunday, Christian and the Digital Team will have information to help you join our group. We hope you’ll join us in this new ministry of the church as we continue to reach beyond our walls. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out to CHRISTIAN@GOOD.ORG.

You can signup for the new Good Samaritan Online Community NOW.

Hearts & Hammers

Hearts & Hammers is a Twin Cities organization that provides exterior home improvement assistance for senior citizens, disabled adults and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces or their surviving spouse so they may continue to live independently. A typical Hearts & Hammers home requires exterior painting, moderate carpentry and landscaping.

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Help Out Of Homelessness

Our Mission Team created the Help Out of Homelessness Fund to help families experiencing homelessness transition into permanent housing. Since families often lose all of their belongings, we collect furniture and household goods such as blankets, dishes, sheets, towels and more from the congregation and the community through NextDoor.com.

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Joyce Preschool

Joyce Preschool’s mission is to provide children from diverse ethnic, linguistic and economic backgrounds with developmentally and culturally appropriate preparation for success in school and lifelong learning. They provide quality early childhood and family support in a dual immersion setting.

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Joyce Uptown Food Shelf

The Joyce Uptown Food Shelf is a community outreach of Lake Harriet United Methodist Church and is supported by other churches and organizations.

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Meals on Wheels

Beginning week of July 11, Good Sam will serve the 3rd and 5th Fridays of each Month

Drivers Needed – Meals on Wheels is a national organization, but community-based program designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors. This organization currently serves 2.4 million seniors annually in every community in the county. In addition to providing healthy foods, caring volunteers provide the social connection that helps meal recipients remain living independently in their own homes.

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STEP

Seasonaly

STEP is about empowering lives and restoring hope in the St. Louis Park community. They provide a food shelf, clothing closet, transportation, emergency assistance and seasonal programs.

Stonebridge World School

Stonebridge World School is a Preschool – 8th grade Minneapolis charter school that provides a unique combination of global curriculum, a variety of services and a central location designed to provide a first-class education to Minneapolis students.

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UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of the United Methodist Church, a non-profit organization operated under the auspices of the General Board of Global Ministries.

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Wesley Campus Ministries

The Wesley Foundation is an inclusive, open-minded campus ministry serving the University of Minnesota students. College can be a stressful time in a young person’s life. Wesley creates a safe place for students to receive support and grow in their faith. For some students, it’s a home away from home.

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For more information regarding Good Sam’s Missions or to join the Missions Team, contact Brian Boysen at bteam@earthlink.net or Pat Deckas Becerra at pdeckas@comcast.net

Organizations We Serve

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