“We are the hands that distribute what the hearts of the
Loudon County community provide.”
The Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County (GoodSam) is a private, non-profit assistance ministry serving the emergency
needs of those in need in Loudon County, Tennessee.
Poverty has many faces: loss of job, repossessed automotive, house foreclosure, inability to pay utility bills or buy prescription drugs. Most of us already know someone experiencing poverty at some level, where heads of households have to make hard choices such as,
“do I buy food for my family or pay the utility bill?”
Could it happen to you? Your neighbor? Your family?
Each day, GoodSam staff and volunteers see this dilemma happen to many people, even those who never thought it would happen to them – but no matter what the circumstances were that brought you to poverty, we are called by God to provide assistance for you.
* How We Got Started *
In February 1997, the Loudon County Ministerial Association appointed a committee to explore ways in which we can provide a centralized assistance ministry to those in need. The committee visited Interfaith Assistance Ministry in North Carolina and then proceeded to establish plans for a similar ministry in Loudon County. A board of directors was formed, guidelines were formalized and, on October 1, 1997, the Center opened.
GoodSam was established as a central location for area churches to send their monthly support of food and money to assist in caring for Loudon County’s poor and hungry.
We strive to conduct our ministry according to Jesus’ words:
“When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat; when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me; when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear.” (Matthew 25:35-36)
This beautiful mural, which graces GoodSam’s Reception Area, was painted by members of the Art Guild of Tellico Village.