The Merging of Ministries

At our last Partner Council meeting of 2022 on Nov. 29, we the Council officially approved the merger of Southeast Ministry (SEM) with  Samaritan Ministry. This means several things: First and foremost, it means that SEM students are now Samaritan Ministry participants!  Second, it means that the work of SEM is now our work at SMGW.  Third, it means that …

Season’s Greetings

From Executive Director, Rev. David B. Wolf In this holiday season, I share with you a message of hopefulness and blessing. At its best, the holiday season embodies a spirit of generosity, especially for those stuck in life’s ditch, in the metaphor of the Good Samaritan parable. For many of us, this means acts of kindness through gifts and charitable …

The Rev. Andrew T.P. Merrow: Emcee for Gala 2022

The Rev. Andrew Merrow of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Arlington, Virginia will be the emcee for this years 36th annual Gala. He speaks for a variety of regional civic, non-profit community organizations and represents St. Mary’s in state, national and international organizations connected to the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, such as The Compass Rose Society, Virginia Theological Seminary, …

360 Degrees of Giving

By Jeff Hale One of the phrases we like to use when we talk about supporting Samaritan Ministry is “our donors generously give their time, talent and treasure.” That has never been more true than in the last year. Since the pandemic arrived, the needs of our community have been extreme, and so has the response of our donors. We’re …

A Pandemic Year in Review: Silver Linings!

By David Wolf To state the obvious, 2020 has been a challenging and tragic year for many.  This is especially true for the many predominantly Black and Brown participants we serve, who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic – not to mention the legacy of systemic racism that came to the front of our collective consciousness through racial violence, …

Pivoting in the Pandemic: Six Months and Beyond!

by Rev. David Wolf, ED You may know that, in several languages, the word for “crisis” is the same word for “opportunity”.  I find this to be a helpful reminder in this pandemic period because, for all the challenges we are facing – in both Samaritan Ministry and the world at large – I continue to see this as a …

Reflections and Hope from the Southeast Office

by Naima Harrison                       America is known as the “land of the free and the home of the brave”, but this is not always the case for many of our Participants and Visitors at Samaritan Ministry. Now, almost more than ever, it seems that division – over COVID-19, over the …

Interning in the Time of COVID

by Abigail Chamblee I began my internship with Samaritan Ministry in the middle of August, and in the middle of a global pandemic. I didn’t come in with many expectations as Covid was very much present at the time of my interview, and although I hoped it would be gone by now, I knew that it could still be causing …