Interagency Council gets updates on neighboring Samaritan Center

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 7/18/17

In Monday’s Bradley County Interagency Council meeting, the group learned more about the Samaritan Center from Executive Director Tony Dahlberg.

Located just down the road from Cleveland off …

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Interagency Council gets updates on neighboring Samaritan Center

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In Monday’s Bradley County Interagency Council meeting, the group learned more about the Samaritan Center from Executive Director Tony Dahlberg.

Located just down the road from Cleveland off of Highway 11 in Ooltewah sits the Samaritan Center, an organization with deep roots in Southeast Tennessee.

Originating through the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Dorcas Society, the Samaritan Center, which was previously known as Adventist Community Services, opened its doors to the thrift store side of things 30 years ago.

“We’re a ministry, but we’re also a business,” Dahlberg explained.

The organization operates “in the spirit of the inn, in the biblical story of the Good Samaritan.”

Today, the Samaritan Center runs on a $1.7 million budget, with $1.4 million of that coming through their thrift operations.

The executive director explained that the Samaritan Center would not be possible without the support of the community, who through donations of items or money helps keep their mission alive.

“When you look at our name, we’re not the Good Samaritan, the community is,” Dahlberg declared.

Samaritan Center offers social services to those in need, and also has beneficial partnerships with area agencies.

“We’re all in this together,” Dahlberg said.

The organization prides itself on being “a community resource where individuals and families from more than 70 area agencies, businesses, civic organizations, schools, and churches of all denominations come together to minister to people in crisis.”

Volunteers from the community help make the Samaritan Center the success it is, with school groups, churches, individuals and many others volunteering their time throughout the year.

For more information on the Samaritan Center, including volunteer opportunities, visit http://thesamaritancenter.net/.

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saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com

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