Good Samaritan Foundation Utah

Change begins in your own backyard

In 2008, the Good Samaritan Foundation (GSF) was founded by Jim Woodward and Tom Lloyd, local business men and entrepreneurs who wanted to ensure that all people in Utah were leading successful lives.

After witnessing the challenges of refugees all over the world during his time as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jim Woodward felt compelled to provide support resources, and opportunities for refugees, particularly in war torn Sierre Leon. However, upon returning to Utah he realized how much need there was in his own backyard. He saw refugees, immigrants, and others struggling to obtain and maintain a livable wage, that being able to speak English was one of the biggest barriers to self-reliance, that vulnerable youth were being targeted by gangs, and other challenges.

He saw many local providers offering great services, but none of them were doing it within the communities where clients lived. He wanted to change that.

In partnership with Tom Lloyd and other community leaders, GSF offers services that that are “born out of need” within the communities where refugees and others live. These services are housed in Neighborhood Centers whose only purpose is to understand the needs of the community and then identify the most impactful ways to address them.

Refugee Volunteers
Firefighter Child

Our organization wants to touch lives and enrich neighborhoods.

Identify the need

We ask neighbors what they want and then get to work.

Create a Plan

We work closely with neighbors to create services and plans catered to their wants and needs.

Offer Services

We offer neighbors services such as English classes, citizenship classes, youth support, and other activities to enrich lives.

Pieces of Refugee Care

Every Step

Whether it takes 2 steps or 200, we follow our neighbors every step of the way.

Measure Success

We measure success through both individual accomplishments and population level impact

Future Impact

The hope of Good Samaritan Foundation is that the impact of what we do today will impact the future of individuals, families, and neighborhoods.