There are several people in our area who have been working for about a year to form a non-profit to help some of the most vulnerable in our community–women who have been incarcerated. Most women who are in jail are there for non-violent crimes–many involving addiction. Most women in jail have experienced abuse and trauma in their lives which often lead to addiction.
Samaritan House Ministries, Inc. is a Christian organization that provides assistance with housing, financial, and programmatic support for formerly incarcerated women. To that end, Samaritan House Ministries is opening a thrift store in the Glade Spring Town Square (in the
Fiddlehead Marketplace building) to raise funds to help our neighbors, our loved ones, our mothers, sisters, and daughters in their time of incredible need.
The funds will be used to help sponsor formerly incarcerated women in appropriate established programs that provide long term housing, treatment, counseling and support. Imagine coming out of jail with nowhere to turn.
Are you interested in helping? Here’s what you can do:
1. Donate new or gently used household items that have resale value.
2. Contact us to find out how you can get involved.
3. Donate time and/or money.
4. Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested in knowing more.
You can drop off your donated items at Fiddlehead on Thursday, August 4, from 3:00-5:00 pm and Friday, August 5, from 11:00 am -1:00 pm.
Tax deductable monetary donations can be mailed to Samaritan House Ministries, PO Box 21, Glade Spring.
Please feel free to contact Ann Ledgerwood or Tracey Stanley for more details. Organization is hoping to have the store open in late August but not sure of the exact date. Follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/samaritanhouseglade to stay up-to-date on information and needs.