PHOTO CAPTION (Left to right): Nate Hoffer, CEO of Good Samaritan Services with Cheryl Miles, Director of Permanent Housing Services, and Board Member Sarah Hackman, promoting the new “It’s Good to be Home!” campaign.
Good Samaritan Services launches
“It’s Good to be Home!” campaign
Honoring long-time leadership by funding long-term housing
PHOENXIVILLE, PA_ Good Samaritan Services, the Chester County and Lancaster County-based organization that provides emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness is turning long-time leadership into long-term housing.
To honor the 10th anniversary of CEO Nate Hoffer’s leadership at Good Samaritan Services (GSS), the board and staff of GSS have launched a campaign to fund permanent housing rental assistance for the organization’s Bridge of Hope @ GSS program.
Under the banner “It’s Good to be Home!”, GSS is reaching out to businesses, churches, schools, community groups and individuals to make donations or set up fund-raising teams to help avert eviction and homelessness for single women with children in Chester and Lancaster Counties.
“Just $23 a day covers the cost of housing a family through the Good Samaritan Services’ permanent housing program,” said Hoffer. “We know that the cost of keeping a family in their home is so much less than getting them off the street and into a shelter. And beyond the financial cost, there is an emotional and mental health cost savings by helping moms and children stay in their homes.”
When Hoffer was appointed as leader of GSS ten years ago, the organization had three houses and served around 15 homeless men in emergency shelter and transitional housing in a year. Now, GSS serves more than 185 men, women and children every year, working across the spectrum of needs, from emergency shelter and transitional housing to long-term affordable housing and permanent housing, with additional program like matched savings, micro-finance, mentoring and job training.
“Once a family is in the GSS program, we work as if we are EMTs,” said Hoffer. “We do triage, addressing the crisis in housing before all else. Our first action is to provide rental assistance, paying back rent and creating a plan to address the shortfall in rent so that the family has security moving forward.
“From there, our family resource coordinators help to assess family stability, working together to find out what led to the crisis, and then develop a plan focusing on life-skills development, financial literacy, job training, parenting, transportation and health.
“But it all starts with being able to provide rental assistance to keep each family under their roof, which is why we are calling this campaign ‘It’s Good to be Home’,” added Hoffer.
To find out more about Good Samaritan Service’s “It’s Good to be Home” campaign, to set up a monthly donation, or to join in the effort by becoming a fundraiser through the crowd-sourced site “Everyday Hero”, go to www.goodsamservices.org/good-to-be-home.