Who We Are

Established in 1985 by The Carbondale Interfaith Council


Good Samaritan Ministries is a tax-exempt organization established in 1985 by the Carbondale Interfaith Council to provide shelter, food, counseling, and advocacy for the homeless, near homeless and transient individuals and families. We offer an emergency shelter, case management, referral services, a transitional house living program, a food pantry, a soup kitchen, and an emergency assistance program. Our undertaking is to help the homeless help themselves. The mission of the Good Samaritan Emergency shelter shall be to provide short-term housing, food and other services to the homeless, transient, low income, individuals and families who have inadequate current resources for obtaining proper living arrangements consistent with their needs.

For the fiscal year ending 6/30/22 our residential programs served 271 individuals for a total of 5,360 nights stayed. Our Transitional House Program served 29 persons including 22 men and 7 women and 9 Veterans for a total of 2,122 nights stayed. Our Emergency Shelter served 242 persons including 199 adults and 43 children including 15 Veterans for a total of 3,238 nights stayed. Our Emergency Assistance program served 427 persons with rent or utilities. Our assistance payment amounts have tripled with some households owing up to two or three months of back rent and utilities. The Food Pantry served 1.417 households including 4,729 individuals and 1,549 children. Our food pantry is located at the University Baptist Church at 700 S Oakland. We are open on Monday and Friday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Our Soup Kitchen served 11,633 meals. We are now serving meals to-go from the Soup Kitchen. Patrons coming to the soup kitchen are asked to wait outside for a to-go box, social distance and wear a mask.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement  

For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.   

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or  

(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.