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$1 Million Donation Will Provide Financial Planning Classes

SAMMinistries says a million dollars donated by a local philanthropist this week will help the center provide financial planning classes to more people who are on the "cliff" of homelessness.

Harvey Najim, who wrote the personal check, said people come in need of assistance, but are not looking for a hand-out.

"They have come to SAMMinistries and they have been able to get food and shelter and clothing, get job training, financial assistance and also financial training so they know how to manage their incomes, get jobs and move out on their own," Najim said.

Najim, who founded technology provider Sirius Computer Solutions in San Antonio, said his foundation has contributed $1.5 million dollars to SAMMinistries over the past six years. 

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.