Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thank you to our Donors - Another Successful Move-In, April 15, 2017

Thank you to all involved in getting Lisa and her twin 6 year old girls moved in today. So many helping hands made this possible.

A picture paints a thousand words.

Here's the girl's room.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Samaritan Inn Gateway Apartment Adoption - Move In Date 12/16/2016

Meet James Weidner. A very grateful human being today. He is moving into his apartment in which you furnished. Many thanks to you as I told him and the many others that were on hand for his move in this morning that we were thankful to be able to provide for the needs of another. I described to him that you all contributed and took pleasure in the contagious nature of giving.

James described himself emotionally as "the face of homelessness." James is a 53 year former professional, formerly from Michigan, who was married and making over $200,000 a year. He has 3 children going to local schools. He went on to say that he suffered from severe depression and lost everything.  He came into Samaritan in April of this year weighing 285 lbs and has since lost 75 and regained employment making $33,000 a year and is most happy. We also learned that he is 9 credits away from finishing his bachelor's degree at Collin College.

It was an emotional experience today to realize the impact we all can have on any given situation. Where we felt like we didn't give much, it was weighed heavily by the recipient of this generosity that you chose to involve yourself in.

Maria Marcela and I would like to thank you for making it happen.

As God's spirit continues to move us to look outward and to the needs of others, I believe we can further catch a more clear glimpse of His nature and love for all of us. It only makes sense that He wants that nature written on our own hearts.

Thank you again,


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gateway Adoption Results - 12/11/2016

We'd like to say thank you to all of you who contributed to the furnishing of the apartment this year. Below is a collage of photos that Andrew put together of the apartment in McKinney. The resident will be moving in this coming Friday. Click on the image below to see the entire collage.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gateway Adoption Apartment List

Gateway Adoption Apartment List
Thank you for adopting an apartment for a graduate of The Samaritan Inn! Below is a list of the needed items to help our graduates launch successfully to an independent life. We appreciate this is a big undertaking with many parts and if we can help answer any questions along the way, please contact Tressie Johnsen, Director of Community Events and Engagement, or 972.632.1290 x232.
Table & Chairs
Silverware set (set of 4+)
Plates & bowls
Glasses & mugs
Pots & pans
Baking dishes
Mixing bowl
Cooking utensils
Oven mitt/Kitchen towels
Trash can
Please, no wine/beer/bar glasses or wine bottle openers. We are a drug & alcohol-free program.
4 towels each bathroom
4 wash clothes each bathroom
2 hand towels each bathroom
1 bath mat each bathroom
1 toilet brush
1 small trash can per bathroom
1 shower curtain & rings per apartment
1 plunger per apartment
Master Bedroom
1 set bed sheets
2 pillow cases
1 comforter
2 pillows
1 dresser
1-2 nightstands
Living Area
Coffee table
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Cleaning supplies
Laundry detergent
Dish soap
Pantry stocked with basic pasta, soups, bread, spices, etc.
Fridge with starter groceries including meat, milk, veggies and fruit.
Freezer with meal for microwave and any other items you wish.
For 2 Bedroom, please add:
Twin bed frame (depending on family size, a full-size, bunk, 2 twins or crib may be needed)
2 sets twin sized sheets
2 twin sized blankets
4 pillow cases
1 dresser
2 nightstands (optional)
Optional Things to Consider
Dinner for the first night
Coffee maker
Wall art & fun d├ęcor
Alarm clock
Plants (live or artificial)
Vacuum cleaner
Mop, bucket & broom
Additional lamps
TV with stand
End tables
Desk & chair
Gift card to grocery to get any needed items

Anything else you think would help the graduate be successful as they venture to their first apartment since homelessness.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Do you have the Fullness of Christ?

This is the follow up to the previous message regarding what is your religion. I would ask that you download the powerpoint as it will help in following the message.

The Fullness of Christ-How do we know we have it?


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What is Your Religion?

I'm not one to be a self promoter, but I do believe strongly in a message that our Father gives each of us at different intervals of our life.

Here is a link to a message I gave a year ago and forgive me, it references a belief system I grew up with that was not altogether wrong, but a path. In fact, there were many things right.

What we seem to keep failing at is having an unconditional love for not just our friends and family, and maybe that's a challenge at times, but also those we work with, our neighbors...our enemies.

The first message is from a year ago in which I spoke at a Feast of Tabernacles in Iowa. You may write me for the powerpoint that accompanies it.

I gave a follow up message this year, however, it has not been posted as of yet.

Feast of Tabernacles 2011 - What is Your Religion?

Presentation for download available here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012