Since 1987, Appalachian Outreach in Jefferson, Tennessee, has been operating Samaritan House, dubbed “A Home with a Heart,” where those in need can find shelter, counseling, social services and encouragement to build a better life. Since that time, hundreds of families have had a safe place to live while they locate a permanent home and learn new skills for living on their own upon completion of the program. In addition, there are several programs available for children at the Samaritan House, including “Homework Helpers” which provides tutors for both children residing the shelter and those from the community.
Recently, Samaritan House Ministries was able to move from a home which it had occupied for more than 20 years, to a brand new facility designed specifically for the use as a temporary family shelter with a large kitchen and multi-purpose/dining area, a family room with a large screen TV, and a kid’s play area filled with books and toys. Americans Helping Americans® is proud to partner with Appalachia Outreach to sponsor a dwelling unit for the shelter.
This spring, Americans Helping Americans® staff visited Samaritan House to go on a tour of the facility led by executive director Jean-Ann Washam. There we met “Janice”, a fast-food worker who had been sick and lost her apartment. Thanks to Appalachian Outreach, she was able to get back on her feet, save some money, and was looking forward to moving into her new home shortly. “Keep up the good work,” she told us.