The Good Samaritan Center is a private, non-profit social service agency. It is funded by churches, private contributions, and fundraising.

The Center was started in 1972 under the direction and financial support of seven Jackson churches. Since that time, The Good Samaritan Center has grown to include a main office in Jackson and a branch in Laurel, Mississippi.


The Good Samaritan Center’s mission is to assist families and individuals in emergency situations. We work closely with other organizations to form a “network of helping hands.” Our motto is “if we can’t help, we should know (or be able to find out) who can.”

"If we can't help, we should know (or be able to find out) who can."


aa_familyGood Samaritan focuses on families in crisis who are experiencing an unexpected (yet verifiable) emergency beyond the client’s control.

Our staff strives to make a “long-term” difference in a person’s life by using the occasion of “short-term” emergency assistance.

Our case management team works hard to supply information and make appropriate referrals, to budget counsel and to advocate for our clients.

Our case management team also works with area churches to provide guidance in handling the multitude of requests calls that churches receive on a weekly basis.

Our case management team also works hard to possess a very thorough knowledge of what emergency services and funds are available throughout our community. Our goal is to create a network of emergency assistance and referral. AND “If we can’t help, we should know (or be able to find out) what organizations can assist.”

Our case managers attempt to help all clients determine the basic cause of their emergency so that appropriate changes made in the household, as well as assistance from our office, will work together in order to avoid a reoccurrence of the crisis in the future (i.e. opportunities versus “band-aids”, long term solutions versus short term fixes).

Our Partners

  • Board Members

    Board President
    Dr. Melanie Wilson, Ph. D. – Professor of Immunology
    E-mail: boardpresident@goodsamaritancenter.org

    Richard C. Turner, CP – Retired Accountant

    Members at Large
    Mary Cobb
    Brad Pigott – Attorney

  • Partner Churches

    St. Richard Catholic Church
    Community Christian Church
    St. Andrew’s Cathedral
    Forest Hill United Methodist Church
    Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church
    Wells United Methodist Church
    Fondren Presbyterian Church
    Agape Church of Jones County

  • Groups We're Involved In

    BAM – Business Association of Midtown
    Team Jxn
    Jackson 2000
    American Advertising Federation (AAF – Jackson)
    DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies)
    Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House
    1 Million Cups Jackson
    Leadership Greater Jackson
    Continuum of Care
    Mississippi Center for Non-Profits

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