Good Samaritan Services recently hosted its 17th annual Taste of Phoenixville fundraiser dinner to a packed room at its new location in Franklin Commons.

Delicious food, live music and the spirit of community shined brightly while hundreds of people dined, danced and donated funds, all for a great cause.

Attendees could sample savory appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks from 20 local restaurants and breweries that donated their time and food to the occasion.

The hugely popular event continues to raise awareness of the plight of homelessness in the region. It raised $65,000 for Good Samaritan Services.

“Phoenixville is rapidly becoming the epicurean center of Chester County, and the Taste of Phoenixville continues to be a great way to sample gourmet dishes and local delicacies while supporting Good Samaritan Services,” said state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th Dist. “After all, of all the fine food and drink Phoenixville has to offer, the opportunity to give back to the community and assist our neighbors in need can be the flavor that rounds out an already delicious meal.”

Proceeds from the enormously popular event benefit Good Samaritan Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting those experiencing homelessness in the area. The organization recently expanded in an effort to assist more people in need in the Chester and Lancaster County regions.

“We still do emergency shelter and transitional housing and now permanent housing services,” said CEO Nate Hoffer. “We also have our Bridge of Hope at Good Samaritan Services program to support single mothers in their own housing. If a mom calls us to say she is being evicted, we will pay to help her stay in her housing and provide case management to help her get stabilized.”

Hoffer continued, “The Taste helps us literally keep our doors open and our programs open. We’re helping over 400 people every year throughout our various shelter and housing programs, serving men women and children. This is a great way for us to throw a party for the community. People have a good time, and they associate it hopefully with Good Samaritan.”

Live music was performed throughout the night by the HythaFam Band and Concordia Choral Arts.

Speaker Moreh White gave a testimony about his own experience with homelessness and how Good Samaritan helped to get him back on his feet.

Additionally, numerous items were on display as part of a silent auction, with proceeds going to the organization. Auction items included wine and gift baskets, sports memorabilia, jewelry, artwork, ceramics and gift certificates, all donated from area businesses and restaurants.

Phoenixville Mayor Peter Urscheler noted how the event showcases the strong spirit of community among business owners and residents alike.

“Phoenixville continues to be a community that cares so much about all of its residents. We want to ensure that people have the opportunity to live with dignity and reach their fullest potential as an individual. The Taste represents everyone coming together in Phoenixville for a great cause,” Urscheler said.

“One of the greatest challenges within any community here in the commonwealth, and also in the United States, is that many people are living on the border of homelessness. Sometimes we are a paycheck away or one medical incident away from losing a lot of our opportunities. In Phoenixville, we put a strong emphasis and concentration in not only helping through sheltering servicers, we are also the first in Chester County to focus on affordable housing,” he said.

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