Good Samaritans help those in need

Posted: Friday, August 03, 2001

Volunteers from several Nikiski churches are assisting people with everything from cutting the lawn to financial planning. The only condition is that people call to ask for help.

Good Samaritan Ministries of Nikiski is made up of men and women who offer their talents to help people in need. They can help those without the financial means to do even the basics, such as repair necessary transportation or cut wood for heat.

The organization has even helped an adoptive parent put together a swing set for her children.

It also assisted a widow who needed to refinance her house to be able to make her payments. Volunteers made the necessary improvements for the home to be approved for refinancing.

Clients of the Good Samaritans say they have been pleased by the ministry's work and responsiveness.

John Billings, who suffers from arthritis, received assistance moving furniture and replacing a carburetor.

"They're doing a good thing for lots of people," he said.

Frank Wolaver is the unofficial administrator of the program. He takes calls, makes assessments and refers the volunteers who can assist the client.

The ministry is partnered with Love INC of Kenai, said Wolaver. He encourages anyone with a need to call the ministry or Love INC.

"The need is real, large or small," he said.

The organization is new. It assisted its first client in February, and already has grown to approximately 30 volunteers.

However, the road has not been completely smooth. Wolaver himself is a recovering drug addict who attempted suicide in 1995.

Six months later, he moved to Alaska. Soon he began to find a reason to live through the support of his friends and church.

Now Wolaver spends his time off from work helping others. He is sometimes impatient to see the ministry grow, he said.

"We've got to just keep trying, you know, and it's been wonderful -- and fruitful," he said.

For more information about Good Samaritan Ministries of Nikiski, call 252-6058.

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