PHOENIXVILLE-The Good Samaritan Shelter in Phoenixville has received a $25,000 grant from the Philadelphia Foundation to support its Social Enterprise program. Announcement of the grant was made by R. Andrew Swinney, President of the Foundation, whose Board of Managers approved the grant in June 2013.
Nate Hoffer, Executive Director of the Good Samaritan Shelter, said the funds will be used to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study and prepare a business plan for a small business that GSS will operate. The goal of the business is to hire the residents of the shelter, providing them with valuable job experience and income. “We are so excited about the social enterprise project at the Good Samaritan Shelter. It is our dream to offer valuable employment opportunities to our residents. Employment is a critical step to self-sufficiency, and we know that we need to develop a program like this to help our residents live successful lives,” said Hoffer. The feasibility study and business plan is expected to take about 6 months to complete. Once this step is finished, the shelter will begin working on opening a business.
About The Philadelphia Foundation
Since 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. It links those with financial resources to those who serve societal needs. The foundation grows the more than 800 charitable funds established by its donors and distributes about $20 million annually in grants and scholarships to about 1,000 effective nonprofit organizations. Through this support, the Foundation builds healthy communities, strengthens children and families, advances economic opportunities and enhances culture and recreation. For more information, please visit www.philafound.org.
About the Good Samaritan Shelter
Since 2002 the Good Samaritan Shelter has been serving the needs of homeless men in the greater Phoenixville area. Today, the organization owns 5 buildings on High St. and provides shelter and services to over 100 men annually, helping them find employment, save money and move into permanent housing. For more information about the Good Samaritan Shelter visit www.goodsamshelter.org.