Jacob Hileman

I lived in Richmond and during my youth my mom was addicted and my father was not always around.   I moved to Roanoke at an early age.  I was taken in by my aunt and uncle until I was in the fifth grade.   I was a very active and energetic youth with a strict family environment. I was always rebelling against my aunt and uncle because of how strict they were.

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Sherod Hall

I lived in Woodford, VA in Caroline County.  My mother was constantly on drugs or alcohol, and my father was in and out of the GSM program.  I was brought up by my grandmother.

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Cliff Edmondson

I had been living in sin for 35 years, had done everything and was going nowhere. I had to find something that worked. I had always believed in Jesus but life was hard. I lost my mother on my 6th birthday. My father let me raise myself…which led to a lot of sin.

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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.


We Know The Cure!

I received an e-mail today from my doctors’ office asking this question: “Is it allergies, a cold, the flu or pneumonia?”  This question led me to ask myself a similar question about our work here at Good Samaritan: “Is it helping, a band aid, a temporary fix, or the cure?”  At the doctor’s office, I want to know what is wrong with me.  I want a cure.  I believe this is what the men who come through the doors of Good Samaritan want as well– answers and a lasting cure for their problems.

After 30 years of working in the ministry of dealing with people with addictions, the Lord has led me to recognize what works and what doesn’t. There are many “addiction help” programs and agencies in the Richmond area.  Some of these programs are helping, some are just a band aid, some only provide temporary help.  At Good Samaritan, we offer the cure!  Let me explain in more detail:

Helping:  These programs key heavily on meeting physical needs.  Some even provide job training.  However, most fall short in teaching accountability for actions and complete recovery from sins.

A Band-Aid:  Others are putting a Band-Aid on the needs without healing the problem. I remember when we first came to Richmond to start Good Samaritan; the city offered us $16,000 to help us get going.  That was a lot of money in those days, but there was a condition.  In order to accept this money, we would have had to deny Jesus and the truth found in the Word of God.  I told the city, “Thanks, but no thanks!”  We would not take the money and become another Band-Aid on another corner.

Temporary:  Some provide just a meal, a shower and a night’s sleep.  The next day, they are back on the streets again until check-in time later in the day.   Then the process repeats itself all over again. Physical needs are met without providing any hope for the future.

The Cure!  Lasting change deals with both the physical and spiritual condition of a person by:

  • Providing food, shelter, and safety

  • Holding the participant accountable

  • Providing job training and education

  • Addressing responsibility–to be on time, to not quit

  • Helping them understand the past and look to the future

  • Reconciliation with his or her family

Most importantly, lasting change occurs when you provide him or her with an opportunity to know Christ on a personal level.  Jesus said in Matthew 16:26: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Decades of experience has taught us that this is the winning formula for lasting change in a person’s life.  At Good Samaritan Ministries, we love them enough to think long-term, to help them change their lives and to provide them with the tools to live a fruitful and meaningful life.        – Dr. Michael D. McClary, Pastor


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