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8/26/07-Tyler

Good Samaritan Ministry Gets New Building

It's an East Texas ministry that has helped thousands of people over the years.  Good Samaritan Outreach Center helps low income families and the homeless with their physical needs, but the ministry was in need of a new facility and Sunday the organization got just that.

"Seeing the families that come that even though they don't want to have to come," said Director Don Barron.  "Just seeing them come in and be able to ask and receive something that maybe just get them through the next day."  Three million items of clothing have been distributed at Good Samaritan's clothes closet and more than 290,000 meals have been served at the soup kitchen.  Just two of Good Samaritan's ministries.

"Our ministry is set up to help low income and homeless people," said Barron.  "Where they can come get clothes and feed them meals."  It's a ministry that began 20 years ago, started by Green Acres Baptist Church.  Thirteen other churches also help and with only three full time staff the rest is done by more than 500 volunteers.

"I feel like this is what I need to be doing," said volunteer Lynne Dowell.  "This place has been fixed up, and it's bright and shiny and it's going to make such a difference."  The new location is in downtown Tyler.  A big step up Barron says from the Gentry facility.

"We could only serve 52 at the other place, and we can seat 125 in here," said Barron.  "We are going to grow down here because there will be people in this area that couldn't walk down here."

What Barron says he is looking forward to the most is what's going to happen within the new facilities' walls.

The soup kitchen should be moved to the new facility in two weeks and the clothes closet whenever they can get all the clothes moved.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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