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Christmas Parties 2018
December 07, 2018

'Tis the season for SMGW's annual Participant Christmas Parties!

Part of our ministry is to provide opportunities for participants to celebrate the season and our community together. These family-friendly events each have their own unique activities, yet all share in crafts, music and wonderful food. They also share in giving. Participants with children aged up to 12 are able to shop (for free) from among new donated toys, while participants received donated gift cards for children 13-17. Participants without children receive gifts cards.

Reaching Our Goals...Together
October 11, 2018

So far this year, Samaritan Ministry has served 1,252 individuals, including 830 Next Step Program participants across our five locations. More than 350 of our participants are new this year. Participants have achieved over 200 employment-related goals, including 42 participants who completed STRIVE job-readiness training. Our congratulations to each person who has persevered in working toward their goal!STRIVE logo

Martha, Dewayne, Yolanda, James, Kenneth…these are just a few of our Next Step Participants who are working on their goals to have better housing, better employment, or another component of a good life for themselves. SMGW works with participants, not clients, as each person is actively engaged in setting their own goals and taking their own next steps. While each participant has their own story, Samaritan Ministry is a part of every person story of addressing challenges and overcoming barriers.

2018 Gala: Celebrating the Future Together
October 01, 2018

Join us at our 2018 Gala & Auction “We’re All In This Together” on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (SAES) in Potomac, MD.

This event is a mission-critical fundraiser to support our work to bring together our neighbors who face poverty, homelessness or other debilitating challenges – with partner leaders, donors, volunteers and staff in a shared ministry that improves the lives of all throughout the Washington area, one next step and neighbor at a time.This fun evening includes silent and live auctions of unique items, music by an SAES ensemble, delicious hor d'oeuvres and buffet by Mindy’s Catering, Rock Bottom Brewery beer and participant, volunteer and Partner award presentations. The Rev. Glenna J. Huber, Rector at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in DC, will be our Emcee. Tickets are $100 each and sponsorships are still available!

Holy Impact
June 01, 2018

How does the Holy Spirit inspire our mission to make a holy impact in this world?  When we think about social impact we typically think more about how we “help” others, less about how the helping changes us disciples. Yet that change may be as important and impactful as the other – or so I would suggest!

Our Neighbors: Returning Citizens
May 29, 2018

As of 2015, more than 23,000 individuals in the DMV area are returning citizens, or previously incarcerated people. In Maryland, 4,411 men and women are returning citizens. In addition, Virginia has more than 12,000 returning citizens, including more than 500 juveniles.

These returning citizens face many barriers, including homelessness and joblessness. In our nation’s capital, these problems are often compounded with additional challenges, such as finding affordable housing, employment, and equitable access to health care.

Beautiful Day, Beautiful People: 2018 Volunteer-Staff Leader Appreciation Cruise
September 12, 2018

We give thanks to our numerous volunteers, staff and leadership for making the 2018 cruise a resounding success! It turned out to be a beautiful day, and more than 30 volunteers and guests joined Samaritan Ministry staff for a leisurely cruise from Alexandria to Georgetown to Navy Yard and back to Alexandria.

Community Walk for the Homeless
September 01, 2018

Join the Empower the Homeless Community Walk in Silver Spring! You are welcome!

This event is sponsored by Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington and Episcopal congregations: Church of the Ascension, Silver Spring; Christ Church, Kensington; Grace Church, Silver Spring; Church of Our Saviour, Silver Spring, and; Church of the Transfiguration, Silver Spring.

Walking Food
July 13, 2018

Samaritan Ministry is proud to provide Walking Food to participants in need. Many of our participants are homeless and/or have no place to prepare meals that require cooking. Other participants come to attend our 3-week, 6 hour-a-day STRIVE job readiness training and need sustenance to get them through the day!

How much do you know about homelessness?
July 13, 2018

On a typical night in Greater Washington, 10,480 of our neighbors are homeless. While this is a 6% decrease from 2017, homelessness is still a reality for far too many of our neighbors.

Summer interns!
June 14, 2018

Samaritan Ministry is pleased to welcome Alya Simoun (inset) and Eduardo Umana (pictured right in center) as this summer's development interns!

"I just finished my first year of undergrad at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,” says Alya. “I am pursuing a double major is Journalism and Sociology. I’m very excited to engage in my passions through remote social media work with the SMGW this summer!"

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