(KUTV) It is known as a house of giving seven days a week 365 days a year, and while its employees and volunteers help thousands of people in need each year, they are the ones that say their lives have been changed.
Every Tuesday morning this is where you'll find Steve Boban, 52, on the inside of this window at the Good Samaritan house at 347 East South Temple in Salt Lake City. Steve is a retired parole officer who wanted to make a difference in someones life. Steve says that by helping others he is actually helping himself.
Dozens of volunteers are used to make this operation work; each one has a story of a life changing event that took place at the home.
Jennifer Gillespie and her mother Rose come weekly to help make the roughly 200 hundred lunches that are packaged and handed out daily. One interesting thing about this program is anyone can come up to the door; no discrimination no questions asked. You ring the doorbell, the door opens and you get your lunch it's as simple as that.
Darren Williams is the program manager of this seven day a week, 365 days a year operation that is run by the Cathedral of the Madeline. Along with food they also give out clothing, toiletry items and other essentials.
According to Williams, "There is plenty of good food out there that ends up getting thrown away and through programs like this it doesn't need to be."
Myranda Underwood is a single mother of three kids, one boy and two girls. She not only gets food for them, but diapers and formula. Underwood said, "I just want to cry because they help so much. Without them my kids wouldn't eat probably." It is stories like this that are changing lives on both sides of the window.
The Good Samaritan program was started back in the early 1980's and continues to operate with the help of several organizations that donate food and other products. It's open from 9 am to 8 pm at night.
For more information about this program go to: www.good-samaritan-program.org/
By: Dan Rascon
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)