Society of Samaritans basic needs and assistance programs.

Full time staff as well as volunteers from Society of Samaritans (SOS) have a history of working with low income families. The goal is to assist those who can't provide basic necessities for their children, offer help for seniors citizens, and coordinate support for young moms starting a family. The resources from the non-profit church based group include vouchers or financial aid, as well as referrals to other services across the greater Montgomery county area. The assistance can help clients navigate difficult times.

The advice will stress prevention, counseling for self-sufficiency, and support services. As far as resources for dealing with financial challenges, that may be assistance for housing, tips on managing money, or staff can connect the less fortunate with other community resources.

This can range from free food from a pantry to emergency grants for expenses such as rent or utility bills. SOS also runs a resale, or thrift stop, that has affordable gently used goods. Another key service is directing the low income to benefits such as low income energy bill assistance (LIHEAP) or cash assistance from TANF.

Basic needs such as food and more

This is available from the main center run by the non-profit. Clients can stop by for family support, information, and access to services. The main solutions are below.

  • Food banks offer emergency boxes of groceries or serve hot meals.
  • Vouchers can be distributed for acquiring medications or medical equipment.
  • A clothing bank can offer work or school clothing, as well as items around the Christmas holiday.

These resources from Society of Samaritans will in effect provide people time. So by the food pantry giving out a bag of groceries, this offer families time to wait on their SNAP food stamps to start. Or the client can look for other sources of assistance from either different agencies or government benefits.





Society of Samaritans cares for the elderly in Montgomery County Texas. They are involved in a program known as Serving Elders Needs In Our Region. Staff target low-income senior citizens who do not have the physical or financial ability to live independently. There may be home delivered meals or volunteers that help make the necessary repairs or perform routine maintenance to their homes. This is important to those living off of social security income and that do not have the money readily available to them.

Financial aid from Society of Samaritans (SOS)

This will range from information on government assistance to direct support that is available at the office. There is support for people from a wide background, whether they are elderly or underemployed. Almost any aid is combined with free advice.

Housing First is the name of a program that offer temporary financial aid for paying rent or other expenses, such as utilities. There may also be assistance to pay a security deposit for relocation to a more affordable apartment, or medical care arranged.

Any type of housing support from Society of Samaritans is combined with budget counseling to individuals and families in Montgomery County who are homeless or would be homeless if they do not get emergency help. Any resources are only for residents who have a source of income and participate in case management services.

Applications to public assistance is offered too. These are generally long term solutions and are only for people living in poverty. There are a few main options from the state of Texas, and they are as follows.

TANF provides cash for bills and basic needs. However, it comes with education, parenting skills, and welfare-to-work job support to expectant women and single parents. The goal of TANF is to stabilize families and promote self-sufficiency.

Applications from Society of Samaritans can lead to access to funds for heating bills as part of LIHEAP. This assists low-income individuals and families that pay a large portion of their income towards their utility bills. The money for it comes from the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).




Food Stamps are key to preventing hunger. Families that benefit in Montgomey may have children or an elderly member of the household. In either case, the vouchers they are given can help them pay for groceries on a monthly basis. This as well is combined with information on family health, Job search/resume building/interview tips, as well as Life skills training.

The Society of Samaritans main office is at 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia,TX 77355. Call 281-252-9647. Other locations are the thrift store at 17661 FM 1488, Magnolia Texas or a center at 603 Little Twig, Magnolia, TX 77354.


By Jon McNamara

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