Participant Stories

Samaritan Spotlight; Annette Carver

With twenty years of experience, Annette Carver lead caseworker at the Northwest office has had eighty five success stories including individuals and families. Her path to SMGW began with a motivation for community development. Annette worked at SMGW Southeast and Northwest simultaneously. She quickly became an influential affiliate to the Next Step program, and the Empower the Homeless campaign.

Participant Stories; Introducing Margret Guthrie

Margret Guthrie is a bright, intelligent woman who is a former school principal. Margret is many things, but most significantly, she has been homeless for year.

You might think that Margret is an unusual case, but the caseworkers of Samaritan Ministry have seen an increase of people who – we assume – are out of poverty’s insidious reach.

Bridget's Story

Bridget* has been visiting Samaritan Ministry off and on for over 12 years to receive encouragement for employment and other personal goals. Throughout her time as a Next Step Program participant, she has had some very successful stretches of employment, one lasting over three years.

Patrick's Story

Patrick* was referred to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (“SMGW”) by a Federal City Recovery counselor in August 2010. Patrick had multiple health problems and was ready to make positive changes in his life.

Mario's Story

Mario* came to Samaritan Ministry in the summer of 2011 looking for employment support, resources for obtaining legal identification, and a place to receive mail and messages. Mario dedicated himself to the Next Step Program, and found a part-time job at a DC restaurant. A Samaritan Ministry caseworker connected Mario to Whitman Walker Health, a Washington DC community health center specializing in HIV/AIDS care. Through Whitman Walker's services, Mario became current on his medication and health care. 

Sabra's Story

Sabra* first discovered Samaritan Ministry while seeking employment assistance. Sabra is orginally from Africa, but has been in the United States for a number of years. She had just recently completed her education to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse). While working to complete her degree, Sabra had lost both her home and marriage. She was temporarily living with her ex-husband and working as a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant).

Henry's Story

Henry* calls Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, D.C.’s “best kept secret.” After spending time in prison for a drug charge, Henry knew he needed to turn his life around. With the assistance of Samaritan Ministry, he began mental health counseling and completed a substance abuse program. He now celebrates over two years of sobriety. In recent months, Henry has been diligently attending Computer Mentoring classes at Samaritan Ministry to improve his job search skills. He is currently working as a cook in temporary positions and living at a friend's house.

Tim's Story

Tim* first came to Samaritan Ministry's Southeast office two years ago, looking for assistance obtaining employment and vision care. Despite a few set backs, Tim has persisted in working toward his future goals. 

Samaritan Ministry assisted Tim in obtaining food stamps, creating a resume, completing recommended health screenings, getting eye glasses and applying for health insurance. Samaritan Ministry also worked with Tim to provide math tutoring and transportation assistance.

Anthony's Story

Anthony was staying at a local DC shelter after being released from prison. He had been incarcerated for dealing drugs and admittedly had been using drugs for many years before his imprisonment. Anthony was determined to get his life back on track, gain employment, and become a productive member of society so he asked the caseworkers in the shelter where to go to get help with his life goals. One of the workers told him about Samaritan Ministry where he came and got connected with many services.

Jerry's Story

Jerry came to Samaritan Ministry in March of 2010 because he needed help and didn’t know where to find it. Living in a local shelter, Jerry desperately wanted to find employment and get his life back on track. However, he found that finding employment was more difficult than he thought.