“Lord when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?”
And the King will answer them. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25: 37-40
St. Paul’s Samaritan Ministry merges with Harrelson Center’s Help Hub
The good news is that in May of 2014, St. Paul's opened the doors of their own Samaritan Ministry. The even better news is that on October 6th St. Paul's Samaritan Ministry will close its doors and join forces with other area churches to support the Help Hub at the Harrelson Center with volunteers and funds.
The Help Hub provides short-term or emergency assistance to individuals and families in need of financial help and/or guidance to connect them with additional resources. Bringing together community churches in one location with the same mission will eliminate the need for traveling from church to church for those seeking funds. The Harrelson Center is home to other ministries that can offer a “hand up”. The synergy among the ministries will be a great bonus.
The need is great. Since the beginning of 2015, St. Paul's has received 164 requests for assistance. We were able to help with utility payments, rent, prescription medications and referral information.
Samaritan Ministry’s budget for 2015 was $6000 ($3000 coming from the proceeds of the 2014 Coastal Carolina Christmas).
Disbursements to clients in 2014 was $2186.24, May to December; and, so far, in 2015 $3630.01
There were 145 requests for assistance in 2014, with 103 clients receiving assistance. In 2015 there were 164 requests with 116 clients receiving assistance.
Examples of assistance in 2015: Rent - $1716, Electric - $1183 CFPUA - $485 Natural Gas -$75.
Our volunteers at Samaritan Ministry are: Merrilie Crafts (coordinator), Dot Erway, Linda Morgan, Sonja Perkins, MerryAnn Wright, Mark Tedesco, Tom Erway, Ralph Perkins.
Thanks be to God for enabling St. Paul’s to begin this ministry and to continue by joining a more centralized ministry to those in need.