(L-R) Good Samaritan Ministry Board Chair and Campaign Director Kay Henry, Board Secretary Betsy McClendon, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, District 15 Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor, GSM volunteer Claude McClendon, GSM Executive Director Shirley Tripp, GSM President Craig Long and GSM Board Vice-Chair Richard Martin.
CLAREMORE, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor presented a $10,000 donation to the Good Samaritan Ministry food and clothing pantry in Claremore on Monday.
Funds provided by the tribe will help add 800 square feet of space to the existing 4,000-square-foot building used by the nonprofit.
“It is always rewarding when the Cherokee Nation can partner with community leaders who have a strong desire to help others,” Chief Baker said. “This facility’s expansion is an investment in the quality of life for thousands of families in Rogers County. The expanded space will provide improved food storage space, better refrigeration and freezer space, and more efficient food distribution programs for local families when they need a hand up during a hardship.”
Good Samaritan Ministry was established more than 20 years ago to provide food, clothing and limited utility assistance to families in Rogers County. So far in 2017, more than 1,400 families have received help from the nonprofit, about 34 percent of them being Cherokee families.
“I’m very proud the Cherokee Nation is able to support the Good Samaritan Ministry, which helped 9,000 children and adults in Rogers County with meals, clothing and utilities last year alone. Community partnerships like this positively impact Cherokee and non-Cherokee families alike. With this expanded facility, the men and women who volunteer with Good Samaritan Ministry will be able to offer assistance to even more people during their time of need.”
Construction of the additional space is expected to begin no later than November.
“This donation will mean so much for the building expansion,” Good Samaritan Ministry Executive Director Shirley Tripp said. “We open Tuesdays and Thursdays but have volunteers working behind the scenes at other times, and with our expansion, we will be able to have more room for commercial refrigerators and freezers and more storage of food.”
Cherokee Nation donated the money from its special projects fund. Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Chief Baker’s office and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.
For more information on Good Samaritan Ministry, go online to the website www.gsmclaremore.com.
Cherokee Nation News Release
For Media Inquiries:
Julie Hubbard 918-207-3896
For General Information:
© Cherokee Nation - All Rights Reserved