The Center for Life Resources honored Good Samaritan Ministries Thursday afternoon by inducting the organization into its Wall of Honor in a ceremony at the CLR offices in Brownwood.
The CLR Wall of Honor is devoted to organizations and individuals that positively impact the lives of CLR clients and the Brownwood community. Center for Life Resources CEO Dion White said Good Samaritan is an increasingly vital part of Brown County.
“The mission of Good Samaritan Ministries is to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed to all people in need in Brown County,” White said. “I believe the mission of Good Samaritan closely resembles that of the Center for Life Resources, which is to improve the quality of life for everyone who enters our doors for help.”
He said he hopes the organizations will continue to work together. “I know firsthand the impact Good Samaritan has on individuals’ lives, because we often help the same person in different ways,” he said. “Good Samaritan Ministries has become a wonderful, permanent part of Brownwood.”
White presented an honorary plaque to current GSM director Leesa Stephens and former director Angelia Bostick. The women then unveiled the CLR’s Wall of Honor board, with Good Samaritan’s name newly engraved as the 2017 honoree.
Stephens said she has enjoyed helping the Brownwood community since stepping into the GSM director’s role just over a year ago. “This is an enduring organization that has a legacy in this community, and I’m just honored to be the next part of this,” Stephens said. “The partnership that we have seen with Center for Life is one that is strong.”
Good Samaritan has been in the headlines lately, as the Brown County Commissioners voted this week to approve a 2017/18 budget that reduces the county’s support for the nonprofit. GSM will receive $4,800 from Brown County in 2018, down from $9,200 this fiscal year. Stephens said she trusts in God as the group’s “ultimate funding source.”
“If we’ve lost funding in one area, we just believe it’s a chance for God to show up and show off,” she said.
Good Samaritan Ministries was founded in 1993 and assists Brown County residents who struggle with hunger and poverty. It operates a food pantry and several other assistance programs, including a resale store and a homebound program to feed elderly residents.
The Center for Life Resources offers behavioral health services and other programs to seven counties throughout West-Central Texas.