Good Samaritan of the Ozarks exists to communicate the love of God, through Christ, to the people in our community by meeting their emergency needs.
Who We Are:
Good Samaritan of the Ozarks is a Christian non-profit meeting the needs of poor and abused individuals and families in partnership with area service agencies.
What We Do:
Located in Waynesville, MO, Good Samaritan of the Ozarks runs a domestic violence shelter, two emergency resource programs and two thrift stores. Our organization has effectively provided food, shelter, essential items and education to our community for 39 years.
Genesis, our domestic violence shelter, provides a 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, resources and support for battered women and children. The shelter comfortably houses 40-45 people and offers individual and group counseling, training, crisis intervention, case management, education, and transportation to survivors. Services are also available to non-resident victims of abuse.
Our emergency resources programs provide government commodities, senior food boxes, emergency food and clothing, financial relief, holiday food baskets, and Christmas presents for low-income children.
Our thrift stores our thrift stores offer low-cost goods to the public; generate revenue from the sale of donated items to support all of our programs. Unusable paper, metal, belts, shoes, hats, purses and clothing are recycled so nothing goes to waste. They also house inventory for clients who request clothing and household goods from our emergency resources.
Or organization knows how crucial it is to grow with the needs of the community and we pride ourselves on continually rising to meet that challenge. When we saw that our previous shelter was ill-equipped to handle the needs of our clients, we built a new 9,600 square foot facility, tripling our capacity. When we saw the transportation obstacles of families in outlying towns, we opened a remote location in Richland and a mobile pantry in Dixon. We have recently seen the opportunity to increase prevention of domestic violence by educating teens. We are currently working on a teen ambassador program that will empower teen leaders to educate their peers.
What We Did in 2014:
*85 women & 78 children received safe shelter
*4,455 bed-nights were provided
*398 hotline calls were answered
*9,872 individuals received emergency food
*11,630 individuals received commodities
*2,284 individuals received holiday food baskets
*6,144 of clothing items were provided
*2,857 household goods were provided
*300,000 lbs of materials were recycled