Hometown Highlight: Good Samaritan Center
As a privately funded organization located in Fredericksburg, Texas, the Good Samaritan Center believes in helping low-income families seek the care that they need in a safe environment, while providing affordable healthcare to the people that it serves.
Sarah Allerkamp founded the organization in 1992 as a night-a-week free clinic, staffed solely by volunteers. She felt a strong need to use her experience in nursing and medical mission trips to open a true medical home for patients with the help of her supporters. A capital campaign was formed for the building; and in 2004, she and her team established the Good Samaritan Center to serve as a medical home for people.
With Texas leading the nation of uninsured people at 18 percent statewide and 23.8 percent without health insurance in Gillespie County, a need became clear to establish an organization such as the Good Samaritan Center.
“We are a medical entry point for the uninsured person and the larger medical community. We even had an individual come up to us and told us we saved her life,” said John Wilome, Executive Director of the Good Samaritan Center.
The services they offer include medical, dental, mental health counseling, prescription assistance, public health screenings and more. Additionally, the organization provides dental care four days a week that include fillings, extractions and cleanings. Another service they offer is prescription assistance.
According to Wilome, community involvement is significant to the organization because they care about helping those in their community and working with other non-profits that they can collaborate with. They participate in local food drives, blood donations, free health screenings while partnering with and supporting other local organizations.
Wilome said, the Good Samaritan Center plans to continue to grow by incorporating more convenient services such as telemedicine virtual exams and more educational services like cooking classes.
“We’d like to grow our community health worker program and increase our education efforts within the next few years. Those are some of our biggest initiatives,” said Wilome.