Bishop Marc chooses Good Samaritan as King Legacy recipient

The good that one does in life can truly live on in the world. Earlier this year the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of California, learned that more than $25,000 from the estate of Gertrude King, who died in 1954, had been entrusted to him to be used for the benefit of underprivileged mothers and their children. “It was an honor to know that Mrs. King, who died before I was born, would have such faith in the office of Bishop of California, that she would leave it to his or her discretion how this legacy could best be used to help mothers and children,’ commented Bishop Marc. “It was a responsibility I took very seriously.”

After considering various options, Bishop Andrus decided that the best possible use of the money would be made by Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, an institution of the Diocese of California that has been aiding impoverished immigrant families in San Francisco for 120 years.  Through such programs as Kids’ Club (an early literacy-based child care program), English as a Second Language classes for parents, and youth activities, Good Sam truly helps immigrant families build their futures in their new home.

According to Executive Director, Mario Paz, the King bequest comes at a crucial time for Good Sam. “We see that government support for our programs is getting harder and harder to obtain, in spite of the evidence that our work benefits all San Franciscans. As we move to rely more on private giving, we hope that the bishop’s trust in our work will inspire others to support us as well. We are deeply grateful for this gift and for the commitment of the bishop and the Diocese of California.”