To be a Christ-centered organization which serves the physical and spiritual well-being of people in need as directed by the Holy Spirit through emergency intervention and Christian Partnerships.
Our Work Today
Today, 24 churches participate in the Samaritan Center’s work of serving those in need in the name of Jesus.
An interview and visit to the home allows staff members and volunteers to assess the extent of the client (or family’s) need.
In 2020, your donations helped The Samaritan Center serve 3,259 local families, comprising 4,788 children, 6,636 adults, and 1,252 seniors.
These families received:
- 1,929 grocery carts filled with food (valued at $250,718)
- 924.5 personal hygiene care packages (valued at $11,094)
- $2,144 in clothing and household items from Gran’s Attic
Your donations also enabled us to assist with:
- $22,903 in utility bills
- $129,579 in rent and house notes
- $1,462 in homeless expenses
The Samaritan Center receives no financial support from government sources. Local donations of food, clothing and money are its main source of funding.
The Samaritan Center actively networks with other Social Service organizations in the Greater New Orleans area and regularly meets with the Northshore Homeless Coalition and the Commission on Families. We are members of the Chamber of Commerce, The Old Mandeville Business Association, and LANO.
Serving Since 1989: Our History
In 1989, several Christian churches in Mandeville banded together to improve services to the poor in our community. Pooling resources of money, volunteers, donated canned goods and clothing, they hoped to streamline services by distributing them from a central location.
Victims of fires, floods and other emergencies received immediate assistance of food, clothing – and moral support. Single mothers and their children, families whose breadwinner had lost his or her job, and people who had suffered injuries and were enable to work found help, both material and spiritual, from Samaritan Center staff and volunteers. Then, as now, community support was tremendous.
Jesus said, “If you love me, feed my sheep.”
That’s what we do at the Samaritan Center, not just for the physical hunger, but the spiritual too.