Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The 11th Annual Cowboy Up for Samaritan House benefit dinner and auction will be a great fun time.  Doors open at 5pm, dinner served at 6pm.  Music provided by Smart Alex and dancing to follow.  There will be a ticket holder raffle, silent auction, live auction, jewelry heist sponsored by Coins and Carats, wine pull and games. 
Dinner will be Pulled Pork, Roasted Red Potatoes and all the trimmings.  Beer and Wine available for purchase. 
All of this at Gardner's Auction Barn on Highway 93 South, behind Mergenthaler's just south of Kalispell. 
Call 257-5801 for tickets or more info.  Tickets will be available at the door $40 each or a table of 8 for $320. 



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thank You for Your Help


Samaritan House would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our readers and supporters, for your partnership over the past year. Samaritan House has set goals to make homelessness in Northwest Montana rare, brief and nonrecurring.  If we are going to be successful in this effort we will need your support.

Today, the shelter is full and we are making arrangements to make room for more. The weather report says that it will be a very cold Christmas this year. Recently, the Flathead Beacon published an article about Samaritan House that relays how you can help Samaritan House.  

Flathead Beacon - "Making Ends Meet at the End of the Year"

Have an incredible holiday season as you reflect on what has happened in your life. Enjoy and cherish the loved ones who matter to you. Remember that you play a role, daily, affecting the lives of those around you. This world would not be the same without your contributions of love, empathy, help and kindness. You make this planet better for being on it and we appreciate everything you have done for Samaritan House.

Have a wonderful time of joy, peace, and reflection as we approach Christmas and the new year.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

You Can Be a Winner Winner Chicken Dinner



As temperatures in the Flathead Valley start to drop off Samaritan House is working to provide a safe warm place for those in need.  One way we are trying to do this is with a raffle.  With the purchase of a $100 raffle ticket you have a chance at winning the Grand Prize of $2,000 and one of the many smaller prizes.
The drawing will be held November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving.  No need to be present to win.
You can purchase your Raffle Tickets from a Samaritan House Board Member or directly at the Samaritan House, 124 9th Ave West in Kalispell, Montana.  Phone 406-257-5801
Good Luck and thank you for your support!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Help the Samaritan House Win $1,000o in the Great Fish Community Challenge Jingle Competition



Help the local homeless sheler, Samaritan House, win $1,000 a Jingle Competition.  The Jingle Competition is an incentive of the Great Fish Community Challenge being organized by Whitefish Community Foundation and the winner will receive $1,000. 

To help Samaritan House win go to the link below and listen to our jingle entry titled, "Whitefish Community Foundation".  It is sung by our own Associate Director, Kent McLellan and played/written by Mike Murray. Voting for the Jingle Competition ends September 22nd at 5:00 pm.
We need your vote! 

To vote click here

The Great Fish Community Challenge will close in two days.  If you would like to donate click the link below and select Samaritan House.  Every donation has a possibility of some match. 

To donate to Samaritan House click here. 

 Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017 Great Fish Community Challenge



I hope this update finds you enjoying everything we love about the Flathead Valley in summer, Flathead Cherries and beautiful August sunsets.  
This summer, Samaritan House continues to be at or near capacity in our attempts to shelter and assist our local homeless neighbors while funding remains tight.  It was well publicized in 2016 the financial difficulties we experienced while losing a much needed federal grant.  One way we are trying to address that gap this year is by participating in the 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge being organized by the Whitefish Community Foundation. 
The 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge is an innovative fundraiser that helps the community donate to their favorite participating nonprofit by providing a matching grant incentive.  The campaign will go until September 15th. 
If you would like to donate online to Samaritan House and help us qualify for a matching grant just go to the 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge, pick Samaritan House and donate.  Pick, Click and Give.  
Or if you would like to mail a donation to Samaritan House then print the Official Donation Form include your donation and mail it to:
Whitefish Community Foundation
Thank You very much for your consideration of Samaritan House.
It is very appreciated.
Sincerely,

Chris Krager, Director
Samaritan House

Friday, March 10, 2017

Save the Date - 10th Annual Cowboy Up for Samaritan House Benefit


Samaritan House is pleased to present the 10th Annual Cowboy Up Benefit Dinner and Auction! 
Please join us on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at Gardner's Auction, located on US Highway 93 South (just south of Kalispell). 
Tickets are $40 each and a table of 8 is $280 when reserved in advance. 
There will be a Ticket Holder Raffle, Live and Silent Auctions as well as music by Smart Alex
Doors open at 5:00 pm and Dinner is served at 6:00 pm. 
Dust off your boots and we will see you there!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Update from Samaritan House

 
 
Warmest Greetings from Samaritan House. 
 
I am writing to you now because at some point in the past you have graciously supported Samaritan House or you have shown an interest in Samaritan House and the mission of helping homeless people in the Flathead Valley.  The Samaritan House has very seldom sent such a letter as this but recently a very unexpected event has obligated us to send out a very special request.  Please let me explain. 
 
Samaritan House was recently among one of the many HUD funded programs across the country serving homelessness whose grant funding was not renewed for 2016.  Many of these HUD funded programs that lost this type of funding are now facing the extremely difficult task of finding alternative funding, downsizing or even closing. 
 
I am pleased to tell you that Samaritan House is not in the category of downsizing or closing and is in no way threatened in our pursuit of ending homelessness in the Flathead Valley.  That being said, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this grant funding was an annual source of $56,624. This funding was used to provide housing for people in need. Additionally, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program that is administered locally by United Way is not going to be renewed.  This funding was an annual source of $5,400 - $7,000 and was used to provide food for the kitchen/cafeteria. The loss of this money is a heavy hit to our budget. 
 
There are other funding sources available to fill the gap left by the loss of this grant and they are being pursued vigorously.  Please note however that even if they do get funded they will not be available until mid-2017 and thus the purpose of this letter.  Quite simply we are humbly asking your assistance in allowing us to continue the work ahead of us until this new funding is in place. 
 
In terms of investment, Samaritan House can be viewed as a good choice.  Samaritan House serves approximately 1,350 local homeless people every year, sheltering around 78 people every night.  Programs at Samaritan House have excellent outcomes.  86% of the people served at Samaritan House are no longer homeless when they move on from the shelter compared to 72% as a notional standard for other homeless programs. 
 
The Montana winter is fast approaching and the number of people we serve will quickly escalate because of this.  If you would like to donate toward the approaching winter season and provide assistance to help Samaritan House get through the grant funding gap please send your donation to:
 
Samaritan House
124 9th Ave West
Kalispell, MT 59901
 
Donations can also be made online at our website:  samaritanhousemt.com
Or at our blog:   homelessintheflathead.com
 
We acknowledge that many of you have already donated in 2016 and for that we are very appreciative. 
Thank you so much for your willingness to touch the lives of people we serve.  We could not do this work without your help. 
 
Sincerely,
Chris Krager, Executive Director
Samaritan House