The Good Samaritan House
of Granite City

Temporary Housing for Women and Children


The Good Samaritan House enriches the lives of homeless women and children by supporting them in a loving Christian environment. While providing safe and temporary housing, basic human needs and supportive services, the Good Samaritan House offers residents opportunities to enhance life skills, increase self-esteem and become self-sufficient.
Executive Director:

Janice Donaldson, MSW

Board of Directors:

Lea Ames, President
Mims Williamson, Vice President
Dianna Briner, Treasurer
Gwen Pitchford, Secretary
Kuang Feng, Board Fellow
Donnie Cathey
Mark Donovan 

1825 Delmar
Granite City, IL  62040


Good Samaritan House provides temporary shelter for up to ten women and their children who are facing homelessness. While in the shelter, residents participate in activities to build their self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and chance of succeeding in life.

Good Samaritan House's transitional housing clothing program provides longer-term housing in nine single-family dwellings. These units are offered to women who have demonstrated self motivation in the shelter setting, depending on availability.

In addition, Good Samaritan House operates a resale shop, From Our House to Yours, offering used clothing and household items. All proceeds from the Shop support programming of the Agency. Not only is the resale shop a source of income, but also an opportunity for the clients to learn marketable skills.

For more information about any of these programs, feel free to contact us.

Thrift Shops - email.  To donate used clothing or volunteer, call 618-876-0607.

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Plans for the Good Samaritan House began in 1997 when the local Church community in Granite City, IL, conducted a needs assessment in Madison County, IL, which revealed an overwhelming need for a homeless shelter in the County.

Other options for the homeless in Madison County were limited to very short term lodging assistance or rent/utility assistance in the case of natural disasters. Currently, the Good Samaritan House is the only agency providing temporary housing to homeless women and children in Madison County.

    Thereafter, a diverse group of individuals assembled (in May, 1997) to begin exploring the possibility of creating a ministry to homeless families.  The faith community (including Quad-City Ministerial Alliance, Madison County Baptist Association, Catholic Charities, Protestant Welfare, and pastors and members of local congregations) partnered with other community representatives (including Madison County Community Development, the Granite City School District, Fire and Police Departments) to create a plan of action.

    After establishing the Articles of Incorporation and a Board of Directors, the Good Samaritan House shelter facility was opened in 1998, with capacity to serve six families.  In 2001, the facility was expanded to accomodate an additional four families.

    In 2005, the Good Samaritan House grew again - this time by implementing its Transitional Housing Program, funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  This grant makes it possible to offer 18-24 months of transitional housing and supportive services for up to nine eligible families.

    Facilitating our need for additional funding, the Agency's resale shop, From Our House to Yours, was opened in Spring 2011.

    Currently, the Good Samaritan House is led by Janice Donaldson, MSW, Executive Director, who assumed that role in 2012, after having worked with the first Executive Director for three years as Case Manager.

Success Story

    We celebrated with one mother and her children just recently when she graduated from cosmetology school.  When she and her children came into the shelter, she had lost her job and did not even have a high school diploma.  Within three months, she had obtained her GED, earned her way into the Transitional Housing Program, and enrolled in cosmetology school.  Her children are now on the honor roll at their school and are so very proud of their mother and all she has achieved.  Not only has she regained her self-esteem, but she is serving as an excellent role model for her children.     

The Good Samaritan House
of Granite City

1825 Delmar Blvd.
Granite City, IL  62040


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