SECOND QUARTER 2022 NEWSLETTER
Dear <<First Name>>,
In June we were grateful to be a part of the Community Resource Envision Center Golf Classic fundraiser. It was a fun, fundraising day, and we had lots of opportunity to share about The Good Samaritan Inn. We got to share hole #10 with Bonner County Housing Agency. And they graciously donated their half of funds raised to GSI, so we raised nearly $1,000 that day. We so enjoyed getting to know Rob Hart’s assistant, Chrystle Horvath. She is musically talented and filled in our slow moments by playing her ukulele. So nice! It was a beautiful day, and we thank CREC for the opportunity.
August 13, 9 am – 1 pm, we will have our annual Fall Giveaway at the Sandpoint Church of God playground, 221 S. Division Ave. We save our good extra items throughout the year for this event. We always have an abundance, so people are allowed to take as much as they want. We do this in August each year for parents that are school clothes shopping. This is for anyone in the community, so you all are invited, and please spread the word. We have had some nice used tablets and a Wii given to us that we will have drawings for at noon.
Prayer is an important part of this ministry. We pray with each new client at the end of our interview process, and often pray with returning clients when we hear of their need. Occasionally, we have had clients come in or call just for prayer. We always ask clients’ permission to pray. Even those who aren’t particularly interested in spiritual conversation will tear up during prayer because their hearts were touched by God. Our favorite prayer story this quarter is about a homeless person with whom we prayed. Three days later he came back for a signature on a form because he found a place to stay. He told us our prayer together is what helped. Answers to prayers so blesses our hearts.
Helping Hands Healing Hearts is moving to a new location, 530 Pine St. Sandpoint Church of God has been so gracious to allow us to have this ministry in the back of their church rent free for the last five years. Now they would like to have that area for children and youth ministry. We were happy for the church and began looking for another place in June. After checking out 18 places, choices were looking bleak. On the way home from praying at the beach, God turned Cathy’s head toward a rental sign at 530 Pine St. It is a bit smaller but very nice, is move in ready and will allow our donation bin. The landlord has been awesome in working with us! Although we now must pay rent, God blessed us with a wonderful surprise anonymous donation that will cover nine months rent. How blessed we are! God so blesses this ministry because he loves and cares about the needy in our community! We are so thankful for those who hear God’s call to be vessels to aid this ministry. We will be closed to walk-ins but take phone calls during the month of August. We hope to fully reopen September 6. To be cost-effective, building a new Helping Hands Healing Hearts center on The Good Samaritan Inn property, which has always been in the plan, will need to be moved up in priority. For that we need $245K. We know God will provide.
We are so excited about the progress of The Good Samaritan Inn. We often have to pinch ourselves in seeing the reality of this coming to pass. We now have a grant writer on board. Rob Hart and Chrystle Horvath of Bonner County Housing Agency and Matt Cudman and Dante Monteblanco of Selkirk Design Company have done a superb job of moving this dream forward. We so appreciate our board members, Toby Walrath, Kyle Bostock, and Barry Johnson who have been instrumental in our meetings with BCHA and SDC. Pictured is the team – (Left to right: Rob Hart, Dante Monteblanco, Chrystle Horvath, Cathy Pomeroy, Barry Johnson, Toby Walrath, Matt Cudman; Back: Kyle Bostock; Taking picture Jon Pomeroy. What a great group of people! We feel so blessed with this team.
We have the great privilege to share with you the first public drawing of the schematic plan of The Good Samaritan Inn. In the center of each floor will be Helping Hands Healing Hearts (first floor), offices (second floor), class/conference room (third floor), two staff ministry apartments (one each on second and third floors) and 44 studio apartment units.
Can you believe this? How amazing it is! This is God’s vision, and He is bringing it to pass. And we say to all of you with all sincerity and appreciation, thank you for your support and prayers. Let’s keep this going! God bless you all!
Sincerely in Christ,
Jon and Cathy Pomeroy, Co-Directors Helping Hands Healing Hearts
530 Pine St, Sandpoint, ID 83864
phone: 208-263-6378 text only: 208-813-1266 fax: 206-350-2499
email: email@example.com website: www.helping7b.org
email: firstname.lastname@example.org website www.gsi7b.org
hours: T 1:30 - 6:00; W & TH 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Second Quarter 2022 Stats - Helping Hands Healing Hearts
143 Client Accounts that includes
52 families, 14 couples, and 72 singles
for a total of 294 adults and children served
58 New Clients, 85 Repeat Clients, 216 Client Visits
Average 4 Clients Per Day
Open 39 Days (T,W, and TH) 3-4.5 Hours Per Day
15 Volunteers served 374 Hours
Resources Provided: Clothes 116, Food 56, Furniture 12, Kitchen/Housewares 54, Linens 48, Toiletries 32, Shoes 38,
Shower Voucher 3, Laundry Voucher 5, Other 3
Financial Help Provided: Gas Vouchers 8, Lodging 16, Phone Cards 3, Utility Bill 12, Rent 11, Other 11
Spiritual Help Provided: Gospel Brochure 15, Gospel Presented 6, Accepted Christ 1, Not Yet/Not Now 1, Reaffirmed Faith 3, Not Interested 1, Spiritual Conversation 4, Mentoring Classes 3, Pastoral Counseling in Center 4, Bibles Given 9, Church List Given 15, Our Daily Bread Given 60, Guides (Based on Prov 3:5-6) 27, Prayer Received 43
Referrals Provided: Housing 8, Specific Church 12, Priest River Ministries 1, Other 5
Information Provided: Our Classes Info 17, Medical Care Clinic 8, Community Meals 26, Community Resources brochure 27, GED 4, IP/DOL 6
Homeless: 2 Couples, 7 Families with 13 Dependents, 15 Singles = 29 adults and 13 children, 24 units needed