Why SMI? Notes, encouragement, morals

Michael Miller  ·  Feb 01, 2017

Tom and Erin Fodi joined Samaritan Ministries because they liked the idea of sending a check and encouraging note to another Christian more than sending money “to some hospital installing a new marble hallway.”

The Fodis, who have two children, decided on Samaritan when health insurance premiums of $1,200 to $1,300 a month became too much for their one-income, self-employed family.

“It was a punch to the gut,” Tom says. “I didn’t think there was an option for us.”

One of Erin’s cousins, a member of Samaritan, heard about the Fodis’ frustration and told them about the ministry.

“We read everything you had to read and we loved the idea of sending our check to somebody in need instead of a company in a skyscraper,” Tom says. “We love being able to write a note of congratulations for the birth of a child or encouragement to someone battling cancer.

“I can’t think of a better example of the Church doing what the Church is called to do. I tweet about it. I Facebook about it. I talk about it in a sermon sometimes.”

The Fodis also like what the ministry stands for.

“We’re very pro-life individuals and like our money not going toward the destruction of life or toward medical practices we’re not comfortable with. I think that’s really refreshing as well. It brings a lot of peace.”