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.

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. 
Chris Krager, Executive Director
Samaritan House 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Approaching Season

The weather is turning. This morning I actually had to debate whether or not to wear a hoodie when I went to the grocery store. The leaves will be changing soon and the days will get shorter and if you are homeless, maybe you are considering if you are going to migrate somewhere warmer or stick around the Flathead. Some people will continue in homelessness while others will find themselves facing it for the first time for a myriad of reasons.

At Samaritan House, we want to do our best to provide some guidelines that will hopefully be helpful whether or not you are chronically or newly homeless or whether you are staying in Kalispell or leaving for warmer locations.

If circumstances have rendered you homeless, you will find yourself having to stand in long lines, answer uncomfortable questions, and possibly even face the disapproving glares of passers-by as you begin sorting through various social services.

Do not be disheartened or embarrassed by these realities, and learn to overcome your pride whenever it stands in the way of improving your situation. After all, many people that opine about homelessness have never experienced it, and therefore have no idea what it is really like to be homeless. Don’t be embarrassed about your situation and refuse to seek out and accept help from others.

Sometimes, help doesn’t come as quickly as would ideally be the case, and people out on the streets with nowhere to go should prepare themselves for whatever situation may present itself, especially poor meteorological conditions. There is nothing worse than being homeless during the winter months, and having a notion of how to protect yourself from the elements will be key to your survival. Consider the following steps:

·         Dress with as many layers as possible. Put the thinnest layers, like an undershirt, closest to your skin, and keep the thickest layers, like a winter coat, on the very outside.

·         This applies to pants and socks as well. Tuck in as many of the layers as possible into your pants, except for your outer coat.

·         Cover your head with a thick hat; somewhere around 80% of the body’s heat is lost through the top of the head, so cover it!

·         Stay dry at all costs, as getting wet—especially with so many layers—can leach the warmth right out of your body.

·         Seek shelter, and remember that Samaritan House is only a phone call or visit away.

Beyond all these measures, it’s important never to lose heart: many people get stuck in the condition of homeless because they enter a vicious cycle of depression and substance abuse. Keep yourself proactive, and allow other people to help you—though do not allow yourself to be taken advantage of.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Back to School Needs!

Returning to school is an exhilarating time for children. Many get to see old friends and compare summer vacation stories while others participate in fall sports and activities. And as much as I hate to admit it, by the time summer ended I was usually so tired of my parents (I later learned the sentiment was more than mutual), I was happy and ready to head back to the classroom.  But for the estimated 1.3 million homeless students in America, this time of year can be a daunting experience; something most of us know nothing about and while we might feel sympathetic, we aren’t empathetic.  

Samaritan House has been helping homeless children for 26 years, and our work has given us insight into their unique challenges and ways to help them prepare for school. For children living in emergency shelter, temporary housing, or on the streets, the uncertainty of living arrangements can cause deep anxiety and stress. Worries about hunger, clothing and shame dominate the lives of young children and youth whose families are in transition. Frequent isolation can also lead to emotional and behavioral issues—obstacles that would be crushing for adults. But we expect our homeless students to function in school alongside their peers.

Nationwide, we are facing a serious and legitimate problem as the number of homeless students in public schools has doubled since before the recession of 2008. Many families continue to struggle financially and school costs continue to rise: The cost of sending a child back to school is up to $673 for the average family, says the National Retail Federation, an increase of 54.8 percent over the last 10 years. So, you can double or triple that total if you have more than one kid in school. 

One way to help alleviate this cost for homeless families is to donate school supplies. If you would like to help, here is a list of some supplies that would be very helpful. You can drop any items off at our office… thanks so much!!

Backpacks                               Glue sticks                  Construction paper                Calculators
Number 2 pencils                   Colored pencils          Sharpies                                  Folders           
Spiral notebooks                    Scissors                        Markers                                  Pens
3 and 5 ring binders               Loose- leaf paper        Crayons                                  Graph paper
Erasers                                     Highlighters