The Good Neighbor Alliance (GNA) was started when there was an identified gap in the safety net in Sierra Vista and surrounding communities, with assisting homeless men, women, and families with children. Pastor J. David Barkley and the members of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church organized GNA to help this underserved population. GNA was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization in September 1998.
GNA opened the doors of Samaritan Station, the nighttime shelter, on January 16, 2003. In 2022, Good Neighbor Alliance received grant monies to add a Day Program for guests to stay at the shelter during the day.
In December 2005, GNA opened a commercial kitchen to provide meals to guests staying at the shelter, as well as additional meals for the unsheltered community members when available. To date, with the help of volunteers from the community, GNA has served over well over 15,000 meals.
Sierra Vista United Methodist Church continues to support Good Neighbor Alliance with leadership on the Board of Directors and by cooking meals monthly. You can participate in this ministry by signing up to cook or volunteer at the shelter. We prepare meals for supper on the first Monday monthly. Click on the button to send an email and get signed up to serve.