The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.
The Good Samaritan Society has grown far beyond its originally planted seed among Lutheran congregations in greater Edmonton. So what is the Lutheran component for the organization we are today? Currently, the majority of people in the organization (clients, resident, employees) are not of Lutheran affiliation. The generally accepted term “faith-based” affirms a spiritual component, but does not provide the content. Our organization is committed to the conviction that “faith based” makes a difference which we want to keep and nurture.
The Good Samaritan Society (GSS) and Good Samaritan Canada (GSC) are not the Church. While the contributions to GSS/GSC by the community of believers are invaluable and honoured, the organization has not been, and is not, an arm of the church. The promotion of ‘the faith’ is the Church’s mission, not that of social ministry. In promoting wholeness, social ministry includes the nurture of faith.
GSS/GSC shares the gifts which the Lutheran understanding of spirituality offers and aims to do that in an outcome-directed way which all stakeholders can comprehend and foster.
The only component we can expect of all the people involved in GSS/GSC are the value statements which shape social ministry. The rest of the following information provides the source, the story, the connectedness, and the motivation on which those statements are founded – whether one shares the faith or not.
There is a BEING beyond matter. Most humans call that being God.
God is self-revealing in all the ways God chooses, but has done so in two particular ways:
As a charity, The Good Samaritan Society raises funds to provide loving care and quality service to honour the diverse population we serve. Donations to our charity allow us to enhance the programs and services we offer to more than 6000 people.Donate Today