NOVA Office of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington Opens: What Goes Around Comes Up Roses!

What does it take to continue to serve vulnerable people during the treacherous time of the COVID Pandemic? Grit, determination, a sense of humor, flexibility, and science.  When it became clear in March 2020 that the Pandemic was real and dangerous, all SMGW (Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington) offices closed for in-person services and made plans to pivot to virtual …

Charles Hopkins’ Story

Next Step participant Charles Hopkins is a July 2020 graduate of our STRIVE job readiness training. A returning citizen after 47 years of incarceration, Mr. Hopkins was immediately challenged to find employment and housing upon his release. With the help of his parole officer he found transitional housing, but just as importantly, Sophia Nalty, his Caseworker, stayed in touch with him to see how he was doing as well as …

The 2021 Empower our Neighbors in Need Campaign is here!

May was the start of our annual Empower our Neighbors in Need (ENN) campaign, which  runs through the month of September and it is truly something we look forward to each year Why?  Because it is both an opportunity to share the impact of our mission with you – our partners – usually through the experience of our program participants – and to invite you to engage in its accomplishment with your time, talent and treasure.   You see, this campaign is all about engagement. Yes, …

Next Steps & New Chapters: former participant Antoinette Green!

Some readers of In Step will recognize Antoinette as a member of our Speaker’s Bureau. She was the featured participant at our 2020 Next Step Breakfast, and she has joined me on many occasions, speaking from the heart about her life experience and her time in the STRIVE job readiness training program.  As a former Next Step participant and a former STRIVE graduate, Antoinette is …

Bringing the Food and the Fun!

You may have noticed on our website and social media that we’ve been very fortunate this past year to be able to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our participants thanks to a generous grant from the FEMA Emergency Food & Shelter Program.  It has been wonderful to be able to provide this additional level of service to our participants during the pandemic. As …

2021 ENN Wishlist

Our Amazon Wishlist is available here Donations can be dropped off at our Northwest office: 1516 Hamilton St NW, Washington DC 20011 Make sure to fill out this form to receive a tax receipt for your in-kind donation. Gift Cards:  Uber ($25)   Smart Trip ($25)   Best Buy  Target   Walmart   Giant  Safeway   Electronics  Ear Buds   Earphones   …

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 …