Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries of the Christian Church

Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to Me.

aka Good Samaritan Ministries, Good Sam, SWGSM   |   Los Fresnos, TX   |  SWGSM.org

Mission

Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries teaches the love of Jesus Christ by building a renewed sense of wholeness and dignity and by standing with those who are broken, especially among refugees and those who are disenfranchised and displaced. The Good News is lived out by addressing spiritual and material needs, including emergency shelter and food, clothing, transportation, legal aid, advocacy and job referral through a cooperative effort with other agencies and religious organizations.

Ruling year info

1951

Founder and Executive Director

Rev. Francisco Feliberto Pereira

Main address

PO Box 273

Los Fresnos, TX 78566 USA

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Formerly known as

El Buen Samaritano/Good Samaritan Ministries

EIN

75-2763826

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Along the lower Rio Grande Valley (RGV), as it meets the Gulf of Mexico, SWGSM serves three of the poorest counties in Texas and across into Mexico. With over 50% Spanish speaking population, this area has counties with 25-40% of the people living below the poverty level. As an entry point with three bridges in Brownsville alone, several detention centers, and numerous asylum courts, it is a first point of entry for many immigrants seeking asylum. In addition, there are thousands of people living in abject poverty on both the Mexican and Texas sides of the border who have no means of making a living, no daily food, no accessible healthcare, and no ability to afford even the minimum clothing and school supplies for their children. These three -- 1) running for one's life from torture and trauma, 2) lack of basic foods and needs for those in abject poverty, and 3) improving housing that is dangerous -- are worked on in an integrated way by SWGSM.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

All God's Children

provides bus tickets, transportation, spiritual and mental health support, medical care, housing, food, and clothing as needed to reach assigned immigration courts.

Population(s) Served

provides beans and rice, toiletries and hygiene products, clothing and shoes, and toys and books to families and collaborating agencies on both sides of the Rio Grande.

Population(s) Served

supports mission and spiritual retreat groups seeking to build and repair homes within the US side of the Rio Grande Valley.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to follow the Parable of the Good Samaritan by caring for those who have literally and figuratively been left "half-dead" by the side of the road.
*We provide food, clothing, and safe shelter; physical, mental, and spiritual healthcare.
*We visit those who are sick, imprisoned, disenfranchised, and dislocated.
*We help those who have resources to recognize and access them, and provide resources for those who have no access.
*We seek to show mercy and let each child of God know that they are loved and cared for.
Optimally, we help each person we encounter to live a healthier, happier, fuller life.

Our strategies fall into three broad programs: (1) All God's Children provides for the diverse needs of refugees and asylum seekers who are either assigned to immigration courts along the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) and need long-term support or who are needing to unite with family and need assistance with orientation, transportation, food, and travel fares. These services can run from three hours to three years or more for those without family in the U.S.; (2) ALMAcen, or SOULWarehouse, disperses our in-kind goods and some funds -- food and supplements, toiletries and hygiene, clothing and shoes, household goods and healthcare items, school supplies and Christmas presents at our campus for local families and to directors of programs across the RGV on both sides of the border; (3) Jericho Journey mission trips and spiritual retreats are an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange while providing an improved standard of housing for those in Cameron and adjoining counties in the U.S.

We receive over 75% of our funding and in-kind donations from individuals, groups, churches, areas, regions, and the general church ministries associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and it's partner in ministry, United Church of Christ (UCC) through Week of Compassion and Global Missions. In addition, we receive gifts and grants from business, individuals, and outside organizations.
Our ministry is housed in the Compassion Campus, 15 buildings that provide housing, dorms, warehouse, chapels, auditorium, apartments, office, kitchen, and dining hall. We are able to store our in-kind donations (and those of our collaborating ministries with less storage space), sort them, and distribute them for local families and to over 20 collaborating ministries and agencies across both sides of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV).

In 2018 we combined all our in-kind donations into one program called ALMAcén, or SOULWarehouse, to better distribute and track our in-kind donations. With the information we gathered from our collaborating ministries and our direct numbers, we were able to determine that SWGSM provided over 600 meal each day and over a thousand pounds of clothing on both sides of the border. In-kind donations in the last half of this year have provided us with a full warehouse of toiletries and hygiene so that we will have over $15,000 of additional basic needs that will allow us to better provide for those most in need.
SWGSM looks forward to an increase in Jericho Journey mission trips in the RGV as the recovery in Houston is making good progress.
With the changes in immigration policies over the last year, we have needed to be constantly aware of the news and work in connection with our collaborating ministries even closer to provide basic necessities for All God’s Children.

Financials

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Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries of the Christian Church

Board of directors
as of 9/13/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Bender

Hector Valezquez

Lynn Williams

Les Hodson