SMGW COVID-19 Guidelines

To keep our staff, participants, and community safe, the following guidelines will apply depending on reported spread of Covid-19. Before visiting any SMGW locations, please check our website to see which level applies. The current level will be updated as often as it changes, and can be found on the following pages: Come to our office! Participant Corner At all …

A Message from Executive Director, Rev. David B. Wolf

As I reflect on the last calendar year, I am struck by how much we accomplished, despite the ongoing pandemic. I’m reminded of a word that I used often in the early days of the pandemic to describe our participants, volunteers and staff: resilient. They continue to be the very embodiment of the word – and so do our staff, …

A Message from Board President, Joe Kolar

Greetings! The gospel passage from Luke at the top of this Year-in-Review is one of my ‘go to’ lines when I’m describing to someone the essence of who we are at Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. Giving a hand-up to those who are in need is what we are all about – it’s not just part of our name, it …

A Saint Patrick’s Day to Remember 

On a very cold and rainy March 17, Jane Bishop, Arlington Lead Caseworker, picked up the phone to a very excited voice from a long-time Arlington Participant: “Miss Jane, Miss Jane, I got THE job!” In addition to landing a job, Ms. S has put in paperwork to move into a new apartment in April. It was a lucky day …

Remembering A Samaritan Saint: Miss Nannie Adair

In Memory of Miss Nannie Adair   Our beloved Volunteer, Miss Nannie Adair, fondly known as Miss Nannie, passed away on Friday, February 11 from COVID-19. She was a vibrant ninety-one years young and has been the Clothing Closet and Toiletry Volunteer at Samaritan Ministry for 11 years. She was dedicated and took pride in her work. Her dedication began with …

SMGW’s Progress on Racial Equity

Samaritan Ministry has always strived to make lives better. Through the Next Step Program , we’ve been able to give  individuals and families a hand up so they can lift themselves out of poverty and homelessness. We’ve been there for returning citizens who want to live life to the fullest in the re-entry process. But as we work with individual …

Next Step Breakfast Volunteer Speaker: Karen Neal

Ms. Karen Neal, this year’s NSB 2022 volunteer witness, served for 34 years as an educator in southern Maryland, wearing many different hats.  Now retired, Karen enjoys exploring other professions, including writing, and producing online courses and training programs, and property management. Karen’s greatest joy has always been working directly with people, so she used some of her free time …

Meet the Emcee: Geoff Bennett

Geoff Bennett, Chief Washington Correspondent Geoff Bennett is the chief Washington correspondent for PBS NewsHour. He is also a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. Bennett joined NewsHour from NBC News, where he was a White House correspondent and substitute anchor for MSNBC. He has reported from the White House under three presidents and has covered five presidential elections. …

Looking Back: 2021 Holiday Season Recap

The Holiday Gift Card Drive was a huge success, donations exceeded expectations! Because of this we were able to increase the gift card amount given to our participants from $25 to $50 at Thanksgiving and $25 to $75 at Christmas. Children received a $25 gift card as well. In total, we distributed $12,975 in gift cards to 192 Participants and …

What’s It Like to Go from Living in a Shelter to Your Own Apartment?

By Jane Bishop  You may remember Johnny, a Mongolian immigrant, and Participant served by the Arlington office. We highlighted his success as an English-language learner who graduated from graduated from the Arlington Education & Employment Plan (REEP), which provides English classes to adults in Arlington. Instruction at REEP integrates language, U.S, culture, digital literacy, community involvement, and workforce preparedness into …