I have spent over twenty-five years helping men and women trapped by addiction and
poverty in some of the most challenging communities in our country. I have learned
that the way we do most charity in our country is ineffective in helping a person
make long-term changes in his or her life. Handouts are critical and important for
emergency situations, tornados, hurricanes, etc., but do little to alleviate more
structural problems that are behind most of today’s societal issues.
Other than for emergencies, indiscriminate charity traps a person more deeply into
poverty, and even addiction, by creating dependency on charity as a solution to meeting
the recipients needs. Poverty then becomes a lifestyle and a way of thinking, more
permanent in scope, a vision of limits for a person’s life. Very few, once trapped,
escape. Poverty, welfare and charity go hand-in-hand, creating a permanent underclass,
wrecking dreams, destroying initiative, hurting the very people they were designed
Our LifeChange Program works with men that are trapped in addiction. But addiction
is not the only serious issue they face. Many of them lack the social and work skills
necessary for success in today’s world. They have grown up in a welfare world view
that has trapped them in dependency, destroyed initiative and wrecked their imaginations,
preventing them from even dreaming of a different life.
LifeChange is a total transformation program designed to help them develop the skills
and qualities necessary for success. Rooted in Biblical Christianity, the program
helps them in the following areas:
Core Values that Guide Them in their Decision Making
Relationship Skills that Help Them Deal With Anger Issues, Communication Deficiencies
and Other Limitations that Prevent Them From Living In Society as Productive Members
Spiritual Values That Transform Their Character and Connect Them to God
Critical Thinking Skills
Work Ethic Issues
During their time in the program, they are taught to think like entrepreneurs. The
goal is business development that will create a climate that fosters transformative
change in the community. Community change must take place from within. Our job
is to help them help themselves. With the right tools, they can do anything they
set their minds to accomplish. Won’t you help them help themselves?
We can’t do this without help. There are many opportunities for you to make a difference
in the city of Gary. Your help is needed. For more information, please click the
Over the years, in my life and in the lives of so many others, I have seen God take
impossible people and situations and use them to accomplish something great. Often,
when we are faced with our failures, we feel helpless, consigned to frustration and
hopelessness, as though our particular hole is too deep for us to ever escape. We
feel that our personal weaknesses have placed us on the back burner of usefulness
As I study the Bible, I don’t see a God that is frightened by our failures and shortcomings.
When he sees you face down in the dirt, struggling to breathe, positive that your
future is over, do you think God is afraid, fearful that his power is too weak for
your problem? Do your really believe that your situation is so unique that God has
no plan for fixing or using it? When God comes into the picture, what was once a
wasted life, becomes productive and useful, a portrait of Christ, a life filled to
the brim with meaning and significance.
We provide three hot meals every day for the men in our LifeChange Program. If your
church or business would like to collect food for that purpose, please click below
for a list of items we need.
Good Samaritan Mission is a place where a man can reconnect with God. It is a place
of spiritual healing for the wounded soul, of tranquility from the storms that have
wrecked a man’s life and of renewed hope for his future.
Good Samaritan is a place for change and new direction. It is a place to leave the
old life behind and for a new beginning, the first step on a journey that will change
a man’s destiny and future.
Addiction was not God’s plan for the men at the mission. They were not created to
live a life trapped and ruined by alcohol and drugs.
They were meant to soar, like an eagle, to be free, to live a life filled with meaning
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