At Good Samaritan Society – Boise Village there was a need within the city of Boise, Idaho, for shelter for the homeless.

Via seed money supplied through a Social Accountability Grant from the Good Samaritan Society, a homeless mission in the city is on its way to providing additional shelter for those who do not have it.

“We’ve had a few of those over the years where our little grant, coupled with local fundraising, has either provided specific shelters or has helped local shelters provide housing for people in need,” says Greg Wilcox, Vice President Mission Integration and Senior Pastor. “Those kinds of things are often part of these little grants.”

Several times a year, the Good Samaritan Society’s Social Accountability Committee awards money to locations that request funds for local projects. During this round, the Committee was able to award nine grants. In this case, the Good Samaritan Society is giving $18,600 to provide seed money and provide help in communities.

The grants represent a great range of efforts within the Good Samaritan Society locations.

For instance, in Tyndall, South Dakota, the Good Samaritan Society community is receiving $2,500 for backpacks for school children.

At Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home in Arkansas, the community is receiving $1,800 for iPads for seniors.

“iPads have been very helpful with communicating during the pandemic to connect them with family and friends,” Greg explains.

At Northwest Kansas Home Care in St. Francis, Kansas, the center asked for lock boxes to insure medications are safely secured for home-bound seniors.

“Almost all the grants are related to homelessness, hunger and/or seniors,” Greg says. “It’s about the idea of community benefit and demonstrating your non-profit status worthiness. We’re not just helping seniors, though that’s the focus of our mission at Good Samaritan Society. We're also broadly interested in the community and trying to help people in need.”

The chosen projects by the Committee include:

  • Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home in Mountain Home, Arkansas: $1,800 Cyber Seniors Reconnecting the Spaces
  • Good Samaritan Society – Tyndall in Tyndall, South Dakota: $2,500 Backpack Program
  • Good Samaritan Society – Northwest Kansas Home Care in St. Francis, Kansas: $2,500 lock boxes.
  • Good Samaritan Society – Oakes in Oakes, North Dakota: $1,000 Backpack Program
  • Good Samaritan Society – Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper, Indiana: $1,300 Meals for Home-bound Seniors
  • Good Samaritan Society – Ambassador in New Hope, Minnesota: $2,500 KidPack
  • Good Samaritan Society – Red Oak in Red Oak, Iowa: $2,000 Back to School Shoe Drive
  • Good Samaritan Society – Boise Village in Boise, Idaho: $2,500 Harsh Weather Supply Drive for the Homeless
  • Good Samaritan Society – Willow Wind in Prescott, Arizona: $2,500 Tennies for Tots

“We hope the seed money we provide helps begin a lasting effort that will go on from year to year,” Greg says. “It will include people continuing in their involvement with these programs and will be coupled with volunteers who are Good Samaritan Society staff members who will continue to be involved with these programs and projects. They’ll be part of our face to the community.”