Spearhead fundraising efforts to support worldwide missions (specifically in the Dominican Republic and Honduras) as well as many local charities. The list of local charities is impressive; it includes St. James House of Prayer (after-school child care, tutoring, and meals), Lighthouse for the Blind, Guide Dogs of SWFL, Kimberly Home, the Haven (for victims domestic violence), Grace House (transitional housing for homeless families), and summer camp scholarships to DaySpring, our diocesan conference center.
Button's Book Nook
This is a learning and library center, designed for children ages 3-8 and staffed by volunteers (including, most recently, members of the Clearwater Women’s Club). Accompanied by a parent or guardian, children may hear a story read, read books for themselves, or play games to learn basic math skills. They may also select a book to keep. It was reorganized this summer and will reopen later this fall.
RCS Food Bank
Good Samaritan is also a founding member of this organization, which coordinates the community food bank, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and transitional housing for homeless families. We continue to support these ministries with weekly donations of nonperishable foods and ongoing donations of other needed goods (e.g., personal hygiene supplies and baby items).
Monday and Friday - 6:45pm in the Parish Hall
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multi-racial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
Thursdays - 6:00pm in the Parish Hall
Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are now recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using.
FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together)
Good Samaritan is a founding member of this interfaith justice network comprised of 40 faith communities working together to promote social justice throughout Pinellas County.
Meals of Hope
For seven years, along with five other churches of the Clearwater Deanery, Good Samaritan has funded and packed dry-food meals for the Religious Community Services Food Bank. (In 2019, 150 people packed 82,000 meals in a very labor-intensive morning.) There has been recent discussion among the churches about continuing their collaboration in another area of ministry/mission.
Outreach Beyond Our Community
episcopal relief & development
Episcopal Relief and Development is Diocesan led and works in collaboration with church partners and other local organizations to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities that struggle with hunger, poverty disaster and disease. Episcopal Relief and Development works around the world as well as here in the US responding to and rebuilding after disaster and disease. We again follow our baptismal covenant of working for justice and peace and respecting the dignity of all human beings. Good Samaritan generously helps in sponsoring programs through individual and Episcopal Church Women donations.
Mission in dominican republic
The Dominican Development Group provides mission teams to the Dominican Republic to support the mission of the Episcopal Church.
These teams consist of construction teams, medical teams and Vacation Bible School classes. These teams, approximately 40 to 50 per year, go mostly in the summer months and are self-supporting. Pictures attached are of one of the churches we worked on and the team members.
sponsor child for dayspring camp
outreach annual events
Kimberly Home is a free nonprofit pregnancy resource center. They offer many programs, including pregnancy testing, emotional support, 24 hour crisis hot line, maternity and child clothing, pregnancy counseling, classes in childbirth, nutrition, parenting, abuse prevention and counseling in educational goals, life skills and help in obtaining employment . Child care and transitional housing for pregnant women, is provided. Good Samaritan has made child blankets, donated supplies and given monetary donations to support this ministry.
The Haven is a domestic violence and abuse shelter located in Clearwater. They provide shelter, food, clothing, education and training. Good Samaritan’s Episcopal Church Women and Daughters of the King collect children and women’s clothing, baby supplies, furniture, and women’s daily needs on a regular basis and at a shower given for women and children each year.
Homeless empowerment project
The Homeless Empowerment Program is a residential shelter providing help to families, single adults, and veterans. Their goal is to enable the homeless and those in need to have a good quality of life and to restore their dignity. They provide counseling, educational opportunities, job training, food, clothing, and medical and dental services etc. Good Samaritan donates to HEP and also does hands on ministries such as cooking and serving a meal for their 150 -200 residents.
Dinners for aids partnership
For several years, on the third Wednesday of January, we have cooked and served a meal to people living with HIV/AIDS.