Center Staff

Martha Buckman, Executive Director | Email
Liz Hull, Broadway Bargains Thrift Store Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Mary Lou Greim, Caseworker
Jennifer Chappel, Caseworker
Leslie Brewer, Social Service Assistant
Crystal Canfield, Custodian/Thrift Store staff
Greg Martin, Senior Home Repair Director
Gayle Geiger, Senior Advocate
Opal Fields, Silver Sneakers
Sonya Morgan, Electronic Communications

Our Directors

Martin Conrad, President
Christine Snedden, Vice-President
Robert Hart, Treasurer
Brenadette Hodges, Secretary

Ambrose Buckman, Ann Case, John Hill, Bernadette Hodges, Cliff Nelles, Rhonda Peery, Diane Sanson, Nora Reinhardt, Eartha Taylor, Larry Tesar, Mitch Muder, Dan Paige

Board of Directors meet on the 4th Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Public is welcome to attend.

Our Mission Statement

Dedicated to preventing homelessness and hunger by providing basic life needs and access to life skills.

Our Founder

In November 1986, Father Larry Speichinger established the Good Samaritan Center to meet emergency needs of poor people living in Excelsior Springs. The mission was originally supported by St. Ann Church, pastored at that time by Speichinger, and its St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Fr. Larry retired as Executive Director in January, 2003, and served as Spiritual Director to the Center on a volunteer basis for several years. He passsed away on October 16, 2008.

Our History

The Good Samaritan Center was started in 1986 when Father Larry Speichinger called together a dedicated and compassionate group at St. Ann Catholic Church to consider responses to the area’s growing number of families asking for help. What began as a St. Vincent De Paul group soon grew into an independent social service agency giving emergency assistance and advocacy to families and individuals in Excelsior Springs and the surrounding rural areas of Clay and Ray Counties, who were lacking or at risk of not having, life’s basic necessities.

In May of 1989 the Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs was incorporated and granted tax exempt status from the IRS. One of the original founding group, Mary Lou Greim served as center director for many years, and still serves as a caseworker today.

In 1993 Good Samaritan Center Shop, a thrift store, opened. It is called Broadway Bargains and is located in the upstairs of the Center's building, corner of Thompson and Broadway. The store provides good, used clothing and household items for reasonable cost, and at no cost to families who have no money. The store provides training in job skills for one to three workers in the Title 5 Program.

contact us

Good Samaritan Center
108 Thompson Ave.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

816-630-2718, + extention

Assistance Requests
Mary Lou, Ext. 24
Jennifer, Ext. 23
Martha, Ext. 28
Email Martha

Pantry Donations, Ext. 28

Executive Director
Martha Buckman, Ext. 28
Email Martha

NAP Donations
Martha Buckman, Ext. 28

Volunteer Coordinator
Liz Hull, Ext. 26

Fax: 816-637-2178

Broadway Bargains:

Bargain Furniture

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