In the summer of 2020, the Good Samaritan Faith-in-Action Committee set out to identify how we might help address inequities in our community, many of which are particularly acute in this time of unsettled and changing social dynamics. Our focus was sharpened by the events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, and others, and the renewed national conversation about racism and, in particular, its economic injustice component. We found ourselves increasingly drawn to creating opportunities to positively impact the lives of youth who are struggling to better themselves with limited available resources.
Working with The Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and Friends of Youth we established a scholarship focused on disadvantaged youth of color who are ready to take a step toward advancing their learning and furthering vocational skills.
Jane Harrell, who spent a lifetime contributing to the betterment of those less fortunate in her community, was a member of the vestry work group focusing on mission and was instrumental in helping us understand the need among disadvantaged youth of color, and how even a small contribution can profoundly change lives. It is in this spirit that we have created the Good Samaritan Church Faith-in-Action Education Scholarship Fund, with our 2020–2022 grants in memory of our friend, Jane Harrell.
Two scholarships have been awarded in 2021, and plans are to award two or more in 2022. You can donate to the fund online or by sending a check to the church with “Education Fund” in the memo line. For more information contact Tom Ehlers or the clergy.