SIDNEY — Samaritan Works is a faith-based organization that assists men and women who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction and provides a program promoting faith, hope, structure and accountability to foster sustainable whole-life recovery. This is the first year the non-denominational Christian ministry is participating in the Community Foundation’s Match Day effort.
“Samaritan Works will be using Match Day funds in various ways,” said Sheila Lundy, executive director. “We intend to continue upgrading our programming for residents by incorporating more Life Skill classes. Time management, having healthy relationships and communication skills will be the focus of next year’s classes. These will enhance the recovery process for our residents.
“We also intend to provide funds to help our individuals who need items in order to get a job. Identification documents, Shelby County Transit tokens, food vouchers and work clothing are needed to start jobs and some of those we assist have no funding to obtain such items.”
Samaritan Works is a residential program that provides two sober living homes for men and women. Each home is designed to provide a stable and structured environment to help individuals attain their recovery goals. Match Day gifts will also enable the replacement of worn furniture, mattresses and bedding in the homes.
“The purpose of our program is to serve individuals in Serenity House and Amelia House who are in the early stages of recovery from drug or alcohol addictions. Chemical dependency has no boundaries of age, race, religion, gender or socio-economic status,” said Lundy.
Referrals can come from family and friends, the court system or churches or by self-enrollment.
To support Samaritan Works on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with Match/Samaritan Works noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at commfoun.com and at Samaritan Works, 130 N. Main Ave., Sidney. Gifts must be received on or before Dec. 3 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money. Credit card gifts may be made on Dec. 3 only on the Community Foundation site.