Participants utilizing Good Samaritan Services’ Programs are able to access the following resources. These resources are designed to encourage transformation and stability.
The Good Samaritan Microloan Program provides the extra financial support our clients often need to return to independence. Qualifying clients receive loans ranging from $500 to $2,500 to help pay for their first month’s rent, security deposit, down payment on a car, and other costs associated with the initial move to living independently. We are happy to partner with Ephrata National Bank to provide these loans to our clients. This program helps participants improve their credit scores as they repay their loans. Since launching the program, we have awarded over $70,000 in loans to clients of GSS.
Thanks to our partnership with Truist we have awarded over $50,000 in matched savings since 2012. Participants who open a savings account and make regular deposits are rewarded with a dollar-for-dollar match on their savings, up to $600. We are grateful for partners like Truist who help us offer unique and exciting programs that develop life-skills and promote financial health.
At Good Samaritan Services we are pleased to award two scholarships annually; the Judy A. Harnish Memorial Scholarship, and the Francesca J. Crane Scholarship. Each of these scholarship awards range from $1,000 – $2,000 and help the recipients pursue a degree from an educational institution.
The Judy A. Harnish Memorial Scholarship Fund recognizes and honors Judy’s service and dedication. Children whose mothers are currently participating in the Permanent Housing Services program, or whose mothers have successfully completed the program are eligible if enrolled in an accredited educational institution.
The Francesca J. Crane Scholarship is awarded to a single mother enrolled in an accredited institution who is a current participant or recent graduate of our Permanent Housing Services program.
Good Samaritan Services helps families break the cycle of homelessness by addressing the obstacles that keep them homeless. Employment is essential for families to move towards financial stability. To secure a job with a sustainable income, families must have reliable transportation. Good Sam relies on vehicle donations to provide residents with this vital resource. Each donated car is presented to a qualifying participant in our program, based on his or her level of need. Each beneficiary receives training on car care by a local auto mechanic during his or her time with Good Sam.
“I was offered three jobs in one week. I had to turn all of them down because I lacked transportation.” — Crystal
Thanks to a couple who donated a car they no longer needed, Crystal now has a job and is on the path to financial stability! She works in the medical field and arrives at work on time. No more waiting for rides, no more waiting with her daughter in a stroller at the bus stop. By giving a single mother a ride to work, this couple gave a gift that will last for miles and miles!
How Do I Donate a Car?
We request that all cars are in good working condition. Car donations may be tax-deductible.
Give us a call:
- In Chester County 610-380-1360
- In Lancaster County 717-394-7707
You will need to provide:
- Name/make/model of car
- General description of car
- Vehicle Identification Number
We will be responsible for:
- Title and tag transfer fees
- Evaluation by a certified auto mechanic for safety and performance issues before transfer to a program participant