SOCIETY OF SAMARITANS AND ITS SERVICES
The Society of Samaritans was incorporated in the year 1986. It is a coalition of church congregations and service organizations, which act together to operate a nondenominational center to help meet the basic human needs of the community. SOS is a nonprofit, tax-free organization with an Internal Revenue designation of 501(c)3. It is dependent for resources and operating funds upon donations from local churches, community, Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant Funds, civic organizations, school drives, and grants. SOS is a non-discriminatory organization. It is concerned with assisting its clients through the provision of food, clothes, utilities, rent/mortgage, gasoline, prescription medication and other basic life survival requirements. The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the organization and its programs.
Our area of service includes the Magnolia ISD, Constable & J.P. precinct #5, and zip codes 77353, 77354, 77355 (includes the city of Magnolia) 77362 (only city of Pinehurst), 77316, part of 77356, part of 77447, 77484 (only the MISD attendance area of these zip codes). The office and pantry are located in the West Montgomery County Development Center provided by the Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant Funds. Our food distribution includes U.S.D.A. commodities. Office hours are Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. A Distribution Center is located at 603 Little Twig and open Saturday only 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
SOS measures its success by how well it meets the needs of the community and feedback from recipients. During 2012 routine day-by-day services were provided to 5,762 households benefiting 19,579 members (12,017 adults, and 7,562 children). Employed 2,067, Unemployed 2,002, Retired 712, and Disabled 1,233. Female Head of Household 2,636. Financial assistance from Community Development Block Grant funds prevented 72 individuals from being homeless, prevented 105 suffering utility termination, and purchased medication for 1 individual. It is an ever-growing challenge for SOS to meet the various needs of this targeted population. Feedback from clients is always positive. Encounters conclude with tearful expressions of gratitude.
We accept donations such as clothing, household items, furniture and miscellaneous items at our Distributions Center on Little Twig. The clients who are in need of these items are given a voucher at the Office and they can go to Little Twig and shop for the items they need. If they do not have a voucher they can make a donation for the items they select.
SOS has two Special Projects. Thanksgiving we will serve a traditional turkey dinner for the clients who sign up to come and eat at our Office Building location on Thanksgiving day. Christmas, we give a basket of food containing all the items needed to cook a traditional Christmas dinner.
Agreement with enforcement agencies provides SOS with free labor by individuals needing to complete community service hours. The workers fill the need for help in our pantry and at the Distribution Center. Often individuals, who are assigned community service as a penalty for poor behavior, after being exposed to the needs of clients, return to do volunteer work with SOS. Service hours for 2012 were 8,384 hours.
"MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY THROUGH HIS LOVE"
Has been volunteering since 2000 at that time she was the Interviewer. She has been in charge of SOS and its operations for the last 3 years.
Harry has been volunteering the last 2 years as Interviewer. This year He became Assistant Director to assist in running the Office.