Conceived as a partnership between The Episcopal Charities Foundation and Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center, the structure was ECF would fund a Volunteer Coordinator who would inform, engage and schedule parishes and parishioners across the Diocese to come to Jasper, Georgia, and help build the new Good Sam center.
2014 was the inaugural year for the Matthew Project mission trips. Construction of Building One of the new Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center in Jasper, GA, began with the clearing and grading of the land and in April, the first volunteer mission trip. Our first missionaries were an enthusiastic group from Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta. The next twelve months turned out to be a joy-filled successes with construction of Building One in the Spring 2015. Eleven groups of volunteers have volunteered with the Matthew Project -seven diocesan churches have participated. One hundred fifteen volunteers from seven parishes - Church of the Epiphany, Holy Trinity Parish, St. Francis Episcopal Church in Macon, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Church of the Holy Family, Jasper,, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, and St. James’ Episcopal Church. Marietta – have contributed well over 500 construction hours.
Building One was dedicated and named in honor of Dr. Joseph A. Wilber, who helped establish Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, who "dedicated his heart and mind and soul to the care of others".
Videos of the three-year project were created by Ron Floethe, in support of The Matthew Project. We are grateful for his story-telling.
Year 2- Mission Trips Begin