Good Samaritan Community Services Designated as Council in Action Recipient
Council in Action is a giving program that occurs annually in association with Council. It is an opportunity for the Diocese of West Texas members and Council participants to serve a community within the diocese, opening our hearts and walking as God has called us to do by assisting those in need.
In 2024, Council in Action will collect clothing items needed the most for the people served by the Good Samaritan Community Services (Good Sam) in San Antonio. In what began as a ministry of the Episcopal Church on the west side of San Antonio in 1951, Good Sam now serves over 2,941 neighbors and 154 seniors, and also supports 2,599 youth and teens.
Good Sam actively serves as a place of change, supporting thousands who are working to improve their lives and overcome the challenges of poverty. Every gift makes a significant difference by supporting programs that enable children, teenagers, adults, and families to improve their lives. These services include early childhood and youth and teen services programs, as well as the only nationally accredited senior center in South Texas.
This is a wonderful opportunity for every church to participate in spreading God’s love in a tangible way to those in need. Congregations are invited to bring the following items with them to Council 2024 in support of the mission of Good Sam:
- Infant shoes (sneakers) and socks from size 1-12.
- Youth shoes (sneakers) and socks from size 1-12 and adult sizes from 8-12 for older youth.
- Hoodies/sweaters for infants up to age five, children from age 5 through 18, and some adult sizes.
A booth will be set up in the Exhibit Hall to receive in-kind donations for Good Sam. Additionally, items may be purchased through Amazon Wish List or Walmart List, with items delivered directly to Good Sam (1600 Saltillo Street, San Antonio, Texas 78207).
Please visit goodsamaritancommunityservices.org to learn more about this vital community organization.
Photos courtesy of: Good Samaritan Community Services, Camp Capers, and Duncan Park.