- Good Samaritan Ministry
Good Samaritan Ministry
The Good Samaritan Ministry - During this time of need locally, people from all over are helping both their neighbors and complete strangers. It comes in the form of material possessions, food, utility payments, and much more.
One such organization is Claremore’s Good Samaritan Ministry, which provides clothing and food to individuals and families in Rogers County experiencing hardship. Though the organization, which is a collaboration of several churches, has been around for years, it’s become even more necessary during the economic downturn due to COVID-19.
Shirley Tripp is the executive director of The Good Samaritan Ministry.
The food pantry was started in 1996, she says, adding that many churches are now involved in its operation.
Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the program relies on volunteers, many of whom have had to cut back due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19. But the need for food hasn’t stopped, and Shirley and others are dedicated to helping provide nutritious meals and snacks to those in need.
Right now, people who need assistance are not allowed in the building. Instead, the groceries are taken to them and Shirley and volunteers try for no-contact delivery.
Because the group works with the Food Bank, those needing assistance typically are provided food once every 60 days. However, due to the pandemic, food is now provided each month, she says.
“There are so many people who are hungry and they need food. And a lot of times they may have just lost their jobs and don’t have the money,” she adds.
On Aug. 7-8, there was a back-to-school event for people to pick up clothes for their children, Shirley says.
Visit The Good Samaritan Ministry website at http://www.gsmclaremore.com/. The program is opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s located at 715 S. Highway 88 in Claremore.