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Good Samaritan Ministries

Real Estate Transactions Can Help Good Samaritan Ministries Fight Poverty & Homelessness in Michigan

Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM) is dedicated to ending homelessness and poverty in multiple areas of Michigan. As a member of Investing In Communities®, GSM can benefit from most traditional real estate transactions, including residential purchases and sales, and leases for all types of commercial space. $4,149 has already been raised in this way. When supporters use the free IIC website, at no cost to themselves, they can power Good Samaritan Ministries’ mission of ending poverty and providing access to affordable housing. 

Based in the city of Holland and operating across Ottawa County, the history of GSM traces back to 1969. Its faith-based mission centers around the Good Samaritan parable from the Bible and a question:  Who is My Neighbor and what is my responsibility to my neighbor? GSM treats all people as neighbors in true good samaritan fashion, providing an inclusive and collaborative environment for the homeless and impoverished. 

In the fight against poverty and homelessness, GSM provides numerous core services to individuals in need, including the Affordable Housing Connections, Circles and Clearinghouse programs. 

Affordable Housing Connections

Affordable Housing Connections helps low-income and homeless individuals secure affordable, safe and stable housing. To advance financial and housing stability, there are two major components of this program:

  • Housing Assessment and Resource Team (HART) provides various services for the homeless, including intake, prevention/search assistance, outside referrals, and other supportive functions; and
  • Community Housing Partnership (CHP) supports homeless families and individuals with short-term financial assistance, case management, mentoring/planning, and other types of housing assistance.


Circles is a national program of the nonprofit Circles USA. It unites people of various financial backgrounds to help break the cycle of poverty. Each week, volunteer mentors meet with low-income individuals over a meal to share experiences, teach valuable skills, and identify useful resources. The theme of each weekly meeting varies, ranging from professional development to financial planning and transportation. 

To effectively combat poverty, there is a two-generational method to the Circles program. This enables the children of program attendees to learn valuable skills in an educational and empowering environment. These youth sessions change based on age, but can include topics such as learning habits and goal setting. 


Clearinghouse  provides assistance to other faith-based organizations by assessing the needs of homeless and impoverished individuals. After GSM determines the necessary amount of financial and relational support, these other faith-based organizations can step in and help get people back on their feet. The Clearinghouse program also organizes and compiles various community resources into one easily accessible resource. 

Buying, Selling and Leasing Can Help Reduce Michigan Homelessness & Poverty

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about ending homelessness and poverty in Michigan can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Good Samaritan Ministries. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support the mission of Good Samaritan Ministries by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Holland, Michigan

Focus Area: Social Justice

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Good Samaritan Ministries is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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