Purchase a ticket for a chance to win this year’s Raffle House.
The beautiful, partially furnished home, features 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths designed by Piazza Architecture Planning. Valued at $600,000, with 2 stories and almost 2,700 square feet of living space, this home could be yours for only $100 (plus taxes). Other valuable prizes will also be given away, $2,500 in cash.
The mission of the Good Samaritan Ministry (Good Sams) is to provide immediate financial assistance to those experiencing dire circumstances while connecting them to case management agencies that can provide longer-term assistance. Good Sams helps families in crisis. This assistance stabilizes a volatile situation to allow time for planning a lasting solution. Our ministry steadies the crisis and our collaboration with social services partners allows us to educate clients on the available programs that can help them for the future. We serve the needy in many ways including:
- First Step in Crisis that provides immediate financial aid for bills of necessity and referral services
- Tutoring for children
- School Supply Program for children pre-K to 8th grade providing a book-bag with all required school supplies.
- Thanksgiving baskets focusing on those with low-income and seniors
- Adopt-an-Angel Christmas program for seniors and children under 18
- Professional Services program for pro-bona legal, dental, transportation, optical and limited medical services
- Secure Beginnings program providing formula and diapers for at-risk mothers
- SNAP collaborative GOLD partner, providing on-line SNAP application assistance.
- Emergency Food Bank including hurricane assistance via Second Harvest.
Since 1993 we have been helping all races, genders, and ethnic groups in low-income socio-economic status and anyone impacted by a life-altering crisis in Slidell, Alton, and Pearl River, LA. In fiscal years ending 2011, 2012 and 2013 the number of families given aid by category included but not limited to:
Category FYE 2013 FYE 2012 FYE 2011
Housing Assistance 446 415 341
Utility Assistance 496 458 384
Medical, Gasoline and Other Financial Assistance 208 151 131
Project Christmas 250 228 256
Thanksgiving 228 207 125
Emergency Food Bank 596 592 460
School Supplies 138 176 170
The funds from the 2014 “Raising the Roof for Charity” Raffle House would be used to give hope in crisis. The most basic of needs including housing, electricity/water, medications and food would be provided to St. Tammany residents whose current circumstances are dismal. Because Good Sams has a proven process for verifying needs, collaborates with other local charities, and has systems in place to decrease fraud and streamline operations, grant money can be totally directed to efficiently address the needs of the poor. While serving a growing population we are also experiencing rising costs. The grant could help us provide a few extra dollars over the current per family limit of $300 to those with extraordinary needs. The program will continue to work with all area St. Vincent De Paul programs in St. Tammany parish. The proceeds will be shared with those churches that wish to participate in supporting the raffle with ticket sales, thus increasing our impact in the greater Slidell area. Our collaborative efforts with agencies such as The Slidell Housing Authority, St. Tammany Community Action Agency, St. Tammany Commission on Families, Northlake Homeless Coalition, Epworth Project, American Postal Workers Union, East St. Tammany Project Christmas, Renewed Hope, Louisiana Works Career Solutions, Associated Catholic Charities, Christian Community Concern, local shelters, local schools, and charities allow our clients to reach long-lasting and sustaining solutions while getting hope for an immediate need. This year we have added a program called Secure Beginnings, which provides formula and diapers to at-risk mothers. By collaborating with Catholic Charities Access program and The Crisis Pregnancy Center, we are able to address a mother’s immediate needs while wrapping her with the services needed to become stable, thus protecting the most vulnerable, our babies.