2021 ENN Wishlist

Gift Cards:  Uber ($25)   Smart Trip ($25)   Best Buy  Target   Walmart   Giant  Safeway   Electronics  Ear Buds   Earphones   Portable Phone Chargers   Always Needed   Full Size  Soap  Deodorant  Lotion  Toothpaste  Shampoo   Men – Razors  Shaving Cream  Hand Sanitizer   Face Masks   Shower Cap  Cotton Balls   Wash Cloths  Travel Size  Sewing Kit  Tissue  …

Do More 24

Do More 24 has begun- help us get off to a strong start! Our goal this year is $15k, can we make it by the 19th? We can with your support! Anyone can help. If you’d like to donate, visit https://www.domore24.org/SamaritanMinistry. You can also spread the word by sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter. Your support will help us continue to serve our neighbors …

Empower our Neighbors in Need (ENN) Campaign – 2021

While increasing numbers of folks are getting vaccinated (more than 20% of the population in the District at the time of this writing!) the pandemic is far from over.  It remains a harrowing time for our participants as they continue to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic, in addition to being disproportionately affected by our nation’s ongoing struggle with systemic racism and gun violence.   So, as we begin to think of summer, we call on YOU – our Samaritan …

Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Konefal

We are pleased to introduce you to Northwest Volunteer Michael Konefal from our partner church St. John’s Norwood, Chevy Chase, MD. Michael started volunteering in early December and has made an extraordinary contribution to SMGW. By applying his formidable organizing skills to our basement storage area, he’s tackled the perennial challenge of sorting and organizing our clothing closets, food pantries and toiletry …

2020 Program and Financial Results Recap

Despite the many challenges that were thrown at us by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hard not to view the year as a great success. Over and over, you heard the word ‘pivot’ used to describe how we were adapting to the changing landscape brought on by COVID-19 and finding ways to engage our participants despite the obstacles.  The various charts you see really help to illustrate all …

Remembering a Samaritan Ministry Saint: Irene B. Shelton

Please join me in pausing to remember a true Samaritan Ministry Saint – Irene B. Shelton. Irene played a critical role in developing our Pre-GED program from 2012 – 2016, in addition to being an outstanding volunteer who cared deeply about our participants.  In 2013, just a year after she joined us as a volunteer Pre-GED Instructor, we presented Irene with Samaritan Ministry’s Change Agent Award for her dedication and effort on behalf of the organization.  Irene was tireless and provided hundreds …

Transitions & Changes at Samaritan Ministry

In January, we welcomed back Ruby Wilson (our 2020 Summer Communications Intern) as a paid member of the staff!  Ruby is taking a break from school until she can return in person. She had completed the first semester of her sophomore year at Howard University last fall where she is working on a B.B.A. in Marketing and is a participant of the Executive Leadership Honors Program. Ruby is a 2019 graduate of Wheaton High School …

From Ashes to Go to Easter Sunday

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington does not proselytize and there are no religious requirements to take advantage of our services. But we take great pride in the fact that we are deeply rooted in the faith of the Church and that our name and work is inspired by Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. As millions of Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday, we look back on the beginning of our Lenten journey this …