The Good Samaritan Microloan Program provides the extra financial support our residents often need to return to independence. Qualifying residents 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 score as they repay their loan. Since launching the program, we have awarded over $50,000 in loans to clients of GSS.
Matched Savings Program
Thanks to our partnership with BB&T we have awarded over $40,000 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 BB&T 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.
Wheels of Hope
Good Samaritan Services (GSS) helps families break the cycle of homelessness by addressing the obstacles that keep them homeless. In order for families to move towards financial stability, jobs are needed. To secure a job with sustainable income, families must have reliable transportation. GSS relies on vehicle donations to provide residents with this vital resource. Each donated car is presented to a single parent 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 GSS.
“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