Good Samaritan Assists Young Men & Women Aging Out of Foster Care

In years past it wasn’t uncommon for young men and women “aging out” of Missouri’s foster child program to receive not much more than a large plastic trash bag for their clothes and a “good luck” pat on the back, leaving many of them without further support to help them along in their path to successful adulthood.

When a DIY Project Goes Wrong

Taking Ownership: When a DIY Project Goes Wrong Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Have you ever had a DIY project that we were working on go wrong? Well, I could fill a book with times mine have gone sideways. A few weeks ago, my wife and I were working on a custom piece of furniture for my […]

Travel back to 1999…

I want to take you back to 1999… The world was in a frenzy about Y2K being right around the corner, Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace released to mixed reception, the Game Boy Color was the hit toy of the holidays, and the New York Yankees won their 25th World Series Championship. Here at Good Samaritan, 1999 was a very important step forward for how we served youth in foster care with the start of our Transitional Living Program.

Never Drop the Santa Act

Let’s be honest. The holidays are stressful. It’s easy to forget what makes them special. That feeling all but disappears when you are gathered-together with your family. A lot of our youth have never experienced sitting around the kitchen table with their whole family for a big Thanksgiving feast, or the pure bliss of a tree full of gifts on Christmas.

With Help from Hillcrest: How a Partnership With One School Helps Our Youth

With Help From Hillcrest: How a Partnership With One School Helps Our Youth Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Youth in foster care face unique challenges when working toward their academic goals and earning a high school diploma. Some have transferred schools and even districts multiple times, disrupting their academic progress and severing important social ties. Some work […]

An 18-mile bike ride in 47 mph winds!

An 18-mile bike ride in 47 mph winds! Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Have you ever ridden a bike 18 miles in 47 mph winds? I sure haven’t – but a group of boys in our Specialized Care program recently did. You may be asking yourself: “Why on earth would they do that?!” Well, these boys are […]

Thank You Children’s Trust Fund!

Thank You Children’s Trust Fund! Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Have you ever had a laundry list of home projects you need to tackle? And as you look at the list all you see are the dollars adding up??  And then you have to choose: which projects are most important? Well, I’m going to be honest with […]

Trunk-or-Treat at the Ranch

Trunk-or-Treat at the Ranch Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Here at Good Samaritan, we celebrated Halloween with our first ever Trunk-or-Treat at the Ranch. Staff worked hard dressing up and decorating their car (or horses!) to fit the theme. Youth in our Specialized Care program then spent the afternoon collecting goodies and connecting with staff. For some […]

Billy’s Story

Billy’s Story Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Billy’s story is one that you might be familiar with, or more likely, his is a story that you start to hear about and then it becomes painful and sad, and you turn the dial or the television station because hearing about it is just too much to think about.  […]

Billy’s Story: Part 2

Billy’s Story: Part 2 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn I’m back with the rest of Billy’s story, as promised. As you may recall, Billy came to us at Good Samaritan after experiencing extreme forms of abuse and lots of struggles with anger and self-harm. But as Billy continued to press into all treatment had to offer, we saw change. Getting […]