Samaritan Ministry of Temple Baptist Church, Inc. is a faith-based community organization whose purpose is to address the needs of the North Nashville community primarily, offer spiritual guidance and provide encouragement counseling.
Samaritan Ministry of Temple Baptist Church, Inc. was developed and organized from a vision birthed by Bishop Michael Lee Graves, Founder and Pastor of the Temple Church Inc. Nashville, TN based on the teachings of Jesus in the parable of the “Good Samaritan”, which states, “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed came where he was and when he saw him, the Samaritan had compassion on him“. Luke 10:33
To provide a way for Christian to Reach up to God by reaching out to humanity.
1983 Samaritan Ministry of Temple Baptist Church, Inc. was organized in response to the unmet needs of the hungry, the displaced, the underserved and the economically disadvantaged.
1987 In the month of March Samaritan Ministry of Temple Baptist Church, Inc. relocated to 1041 28th Avenue North Nashville, TN, our current location. Under the direction of Mrs. Alexine Hamby, this program began providing relief and positive reinforcement to hungry despairing people, fostering a renewal of spirit, hope, and self-esteem by providing nutritional (hot meals), distributing clothes and making social service referrals Monday-Saturday during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
1990 Samaritan Ministry of Temple Baptist Church, Inc. expanded its community service to include Project S.E.E., a program of Support, Education, and Empowerment for youth and their parents who reside in the Cumberland View Housing development, located at 2320 26th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208.
1991 the present partnership began with Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency to provide and combine two six-bedroom units to create space for our children to learn grow and develop.
1993, the Tennessee Department of Health prototyped 12 prevention programs to implement the outcome funding initiative. Project S.E.E. was among the 12 prototypes. It was Project S.E.E. decision to focus on the outcomes rather the actual sessions.
Today, we are a viable and healthy ministry with over 500 hundred volunteers from around the country volunteering each year. We provide approximately 50,000 meals and approximately 100,000 pieces of clothing annually, and we maintain a clean and professional atmosphere, having been honored by the Tennessee health inspector eating in our facility.
Samaritan Ministry of Temple Baptist Church, Inc. has a record of service affiliation with Temple Church, Davidson County Juvenile Court, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, Tennessee State University, Second Harvest Food Bank, Center for Student Missions, Cigna Corporation Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Philos Organization, Hadley Park High Rise, Izod (Opry Mills), Van Heusen, and other providers. Samaritan Ministries is a 501c3 organization with a profile on Community Foundation/Giving Matters website.
Are you interested in becoming a part of our community-based organization? Take time to know about our specific social programs, so you can decide which the best suits your interest and passion. You can browse through this website or speak with one of our staff members for more information. To reach us, simply use the provided contact details.
“I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me…” – Matthew 25:35