The Mission of The Good Samaritan Inn is to create opportunities with the support of our community toward improving the lives of our economically disadvantaged neighbors through daily nourishment, life skills education, and job training programs.
I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.
About Our Journey and the Incredible Team We Have
In the early 1980s, four churches recognized the economic conditions prevailing in Decatur, IL and decided to work toward improving the lives of those in need. A temporary location was obtained and the first noon meal was served on April 12, 1982.
By 1985, the need had increased greatly and there was a requirement for a new site to meet the growing demand. Hence, a site at 543 North Water Street was purchased and renovated. Further renovation work was performed on the building in 2003.
The construction of a third site began in the early summer of 2009. On February 8, 2010, the first meal was served at the current building at 920 North Union Street in Decatur. Over our 35 year history, we have served over 1,000,000 meals. Visit us
to meet our friendly team today!
We're guided by a Governing Board that consists of 13 volunteer members. The Governing Board oversees 13 staff members. The board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:00 PM at the Inn.
Rev. Stacey Brohard, Executive Director
The Good Samaritan Inn relies on its volunteers who prepare and serve the meals each day. We are supported by over 50 organizations such as local faith communities, businesses, schools, and individuals. We could not operate without the help of the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to our mission.
We welcome volunteering from community groups who want to focus on special projects. If a group has a particular expertise, we pair them with an appropriate project. Some of the large projects that we have undertaken include: planting an apple orchard, building sheds, and installing green houses.
Monetary support is crucial to run The Good Samaritan Inn because we are almost entirely funded by donations. Less than 2 % of our annual budget comes from government sources. We do obtain some of our food supplies from the Central Illinois Food Bank and the Midwest Food Bank. Individual and group donations, and corporate grants fund our noon meal and job training programs. Additionally, we are beneficiaries of the United Way and the yearly WSOY Food Drive.