The Blanco Good Samaritan Center was organized in April 1990 by citizens interested in a community outreach center and who responded to a call by the Blanco Ministerial Fellowship. The ministers proposed a visible, centralized program to help people in need. On October 8, 1991, the Good Samaritan Center was incorporated and operates under Charter Number 01208366.01, in the State of Texas. The "Center" received its 501(c)(3) from the Internal Revenue Service, making it a tax-exempt organization.
All funds for the Center come from donations of several local churches, individual gifts and the sale of second-hand clothing and other items. No state or federal funds support the Center.
Plans were made whereby all time and labor would be voluntarily contributed by "people helping people" so that no paid labor was needed.
The center has been operating since September 1990 and is open five days a week for the purpose of giving food and clothing to the needy. Limited financial assistance is also given to needy families (when available) in emergency situations to help cover utility and rental bills. Families/individuals eligible for this type of assistance must reside in Blanco County, and be either:
- Single parents with small children or
- Married families with small children or
- Elderly and/or handicapped or
- Single for one-time only assistance
- Food is given to families once a month, and we follow the state and federal income and number of family members guidelines.
In the month of January 2009, the Center gave out 315 bags of groceries to 120 families (392 people). Also assisted were 23 cases for special cash aid for a total of $1,853.51.
Other annual projects include giving out Thanksgiving baskets and funds for school supplies in the fall.
The Center owns the property on Pecan Street, where it is located free of debt. Therefore, all funds help people; only a small percentage funds operation.
The thrift store at Blanco Good Samaritan Center accepts and sells generous donations of gently used clothing and household goods. More >>
Times are tough, and volunteers at the Blanco Good Samaritan Center want to help. When available, cash assistance is also given... More >>
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