A ministry of

Appalachian Outreach

A Home with a Heart.  Since 1987 Samaritan House has been a ministry operated by students & staff of the Campus Ministries Department of Carson-Newman College in cooperation with a network of friends, churches & community agencies. Samaritan House operates in close partnership with Appalachian Outreach. Funding for this ministry is provided by gifts from individuals, churches, community organizations, fund raisers and some support from the United Way. Only through help from our Samaritan House friends have the doors of service stayed open. As one eight year old boy said with a sincere heart, “Thanks for giving my Mom and me a home to live in”. Truly Samaritan House is a miracle that God provides daily for people in need. We hope to build a new facility in the near future.
Samaritan House: The Parable of the Good Samaritan Fulfilled.  Samaritan House is a place where staff and volunteers put into practice the lesson of the Good Samaritan. As Jesus taught us to go and be good neighbors to those in need, Samaritan House shares housing, counseling, social services and encouragement with people who are in desperate situations.  Click on this link to see a video about our ministry in action.

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A Ministry for Families.  Hundreds of families have had a safe place to live and an opportunity to know the love of Christ in a warm, Christian environment. Christian counseling is provided to help people find a new home and a job. Families can stay up to 45 days in the shelter while rebuilding their lives. In addition to housing, the staff provides counsel for clients in the areas of finding a permanent place to live, social services, family planning, and the Christian lifestyle.  All residents are responsible to help maintain the home, while learning new skills for living on their own upon completion of the program.
The coordinator of Samaritan House is Mrs. Gail Hickman.  She is assisted by the evening, overnight and weekend managers.  The staff and volunteers from Carson Newman, area churches and the community also play a vital role in the ministry, providing mentoring relationships, Christian witness and service in Jesus' name.  For more information you may contact Samaritan House at 865-475-5032 or email the coordinator at ghickman@cn.edu.
▪ Ministry for Children.  There are several programs available for children at the Samaritan House: from Homework Helpers, a tutor time for children in the community as well as the shelter, to Thursday Night Bible Study where children have a chance to learn and grow in Christ. "Kids on Mission" is a program to teach children about godly characteristics and how to live them out in their daily lives.
▪ Tutoring.  The Samaritan House and Appalachian Outreach offer after-school tutoring for children in the community. One group meets at Jefferson Elementary School, for children for whom English is their second language. Another is for children at the Jefferson City Housing Authority. A third one is for children at the Samaritan House.
▪ Computer Training.  To help improve job skills and build self esteem, computer skills training is offered from trained professionals. Our goal is to help each individual develop an interest in learning how to use computers to improve their job marketability. With improved skills, students will find it easier to acquire jobs that help them become successful in managing their lives.
Tom Schumann directs a program for repairing and maintaining computers for our clients.  He also guides the instruction of those who want to gain computer skills.  Samaritan House often provides computer hardware for our clients to take with them when they move on from Samaritan House.
Bible study is conducted each week for the residents of Samaritan House and others from the area who wish to attend.  The study is lead by volunteers from local churches, providing inspiration, fellowship and spiritual guidance for their lives.
The clothing ministry, located in the Appalachian Outreach Ministry Center is available to residents of Samaritan House. Each week families who are attempting to live on a small income or no income come to find good used clothing to help provide for their humble needs. More and more families find real help in having a place to come for clothing. Items are provided free once each month to needy families from East Tennessee.
▪ Help Build a New Samaritan House.  Samaritan House ministries have been housed in this structure, located at 130 Old A. J. Highway in Jefferson City, Tennessee. for over 20 years.  We will ever be grateful to Mr. Will Rabenstein and others, whose generous support have allowed this residence to serve many families and individuals who needed shelter and a place to recover from difficult circumstances.  Now this residence has reached a point where more adequate facilities are needed.  It is our vision that Samaritan House ministries will soon occupy new quarters, on Jerico Way, off of Crooke Road.  We hope you will help us reach that dream.  To contribute to our building fund you may go to the Carson-Newman online giving page.  After reaching that page, please enter the requested information and in the box designated "This gift is for:" select "Samaritan House Building Fund."  Click here for a printable brochure.

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Here is our vision for the new Samaritan House:


Here's a report of the progress on our building fund:

We have raised over $800,000, which is enough to begin construction. Thanks to all who have contributed. We hope to begin preliminary work soon and have a ground breaking celebration on Sunday afternoon, June 26, 2011. You will notice that there are some "unfinished" areas in the floor plan, above.  If you would like to add to our building fund for those unexpected expenses that are bound to come along, or to complete these unfinished areas, please feel free to contribute, as outlined above.

Click here to go to the Appalachian Outreach home page
or go to the Carson-Newman Campus Ministries page.