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
Read More About Our Community Volunteer Opportunities
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.
Making Homes Warmer, Safer, Drier, Transforming Lives
2020 will mark Good Samaritan’s 42nd year of participation in ASP. The need in the Appalachia area has not diminished and neither has our commitment to serving the wonderful people in that area. The summer 2020 trip has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. See details below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3rd and 5th Fridays of the Month
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.
VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) is a basic needs organization whose programs include access to healthy foods, social services, housing stability and supportive services. Their programs include a food pantry, transportation and social services . VEAP is located in Bloomington, MN.
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.