Good Samaritan's mission is to help immigrant Latino families (especially those new to the United States) access needed services, develop self sufficiency, and obtain a sense of community. The organization serves families with children, from newborns to teenagers, in the Mission, Excelsior, and Bernal Heights neighborhoods. Families who participate in the different programs and services can take advantage of Kids Club, the drop-in childcare service for kids ages 1–4.5.
Classes: Good Samaritan has a full-time Spanish/bilingual early childhood program for kids aged 2.6 to 5 years old that is part of the Head Start program. They also have some slots for families who can pay tuition. Families with children ages 0–5 can sign up for School Readiness Programs. Immigrant mothers can attend workshops and classes to learn about nutrition, child development, education, self-esteem, parenting, domestic violence, family planning, immigration issues, and emotional health. Children can also avail of health screenings and mental health services. Good Samaritan runs a popular youth soccer program with boys and girls teams in the 5- to 18-year-old age range. The program was developed to promote healthy physical activity and proper nutrition for low-income, inner-city kids.
Camps: Good Samaritan offers three youth summer programs:
- Secret Garden Summer Program: gardening, arts projects, and field trips for children ages 6 to 10.
- Sports Camp: soccer skills and other games, as well as art classes and field trips for children ages 6 to 10.
- Youth Summer Program: arts and crafts, recreational sports, field trips, and camping trips for older youth ages 10 to 14.
Afterschool: Their program for kids ages 12 to 17 years old, which runs throughout the year, provides help with homework, field trips to cultural events, parks, and sports.
Parent Resources: Good Samaritan offers English and leadership training courses for adults, an information and referral service for child care and jobs, social groups for women, parent education courses in Spanish, assistance with social services, workshops for families affected by divorce or separation, and a satellite Planned Parenthood clinic.