SMGW Welcomes New Board Members!

At SMGW’s Annual Partners’ Meeting on Jan. 28 @ Our Saviour Church in Silver Spring, 4 NEW Board members were elected and commissioned: Carl Keiser, a long-time volunteer instructor in our Pre-GED program; Errol Arthur, also an instructor in our Pre-GED program and a Partner Rep from Christ Lutheran Church, DC; Annie Scrimenti, a Partner Rep from Washington National Cathedral, DC; and, Paula Singleton, …

By the NUMBERS and YOUR Generosity: 2019 was a VERY Good Year!

Great thanks to ALL our donors who made 2019 so impactful. On the financial side, our individual donors once again led the way giving at a level unsurpassed in our history that allows us so sustain, expand and improve our programmatic impact! That number, nearly $600,000, includes revenue from our highly successful Nov. 2019 Gala at Duke Ellington School for the …

SMGW Training Goes Virtual!

Establishing relationships of trust and understanding are the essence of Samaritan Ministry’s work. At this time of physical distancing, staff and volunteers are called upon to be creative in maintaining connection with our participants as well as with each other. For Our Participants Creativity is demonstrated through our STRIVE job readiness program, which has been transformed from a three-week in-person …

Our Neighbors: Returning Citizens

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 …

Remembering Jim Johnstone: Samaritan Saint!

Not as many of us may recall those early years of SMUG-WA’s founding (1986) when handful of key leaders, and 12 symbolic Partner Churches came together to form the faith-based community partnership that came to be known as Samaritan Ministry.   One of those key leaders was a Senior Warden – one of two top lay leaders in an Episcopal parish …

A Message to Samaritan Ministry Participants

I hope you are well and have stayed safe since the onset of this public health crisis!  SMGW recognizes that this is a time of great uncertainty for all of us, for our communities, and for the world. While it seems like things are changing every day as we battle this pandemic, we want you to know that SMGW’s commitment to …

CARES Act – Information for Donors

The 2020 CARES Act, passed in response to the coronavirus, contains some new tax allowances that donors should be aware of: A new allowance for non-itemizing taxpayers (i.e. those who take the “standard deduction”) to claim a $300 “above-the-line” deduction for donations to 501(c)(3) organizations; and For individuals and corporations that do itemize, significant increases in the percentage of income they …

SMGW Staff Transitions – Spring 2020

As Executive Director, I am happy to say that – in this crisis period of great challenge and change – our staff members have really “stepped up” their game.  They – and we as an organization – continue to creatively adapt to the virtual human-touch starved environment that is, at least temporarily ours. One practical piece of the “good news” is …

Adaptive Change: Empowering our Neighbors-in-Need!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  On behalf of Samaritan Ministry – and all our participants whom we continue to serve in this health crisis – I am so very grateful for your support.  I am especially grateful for what you have given or pledged since March 12, our first-ever VIRTUAL Next Step Breakfast – produced here at Samaritan Studios, i.e., our NW office …

Giving Tuesday with Do More 24!

Today we celebrate Giving Tuesday!  The Covid-19 crisis has amplified the challenges that Samaritan Ministry participants face, and at the same time, physical distancing and office closures require creative adaptation to our customary next step relational coaching and our STRIVE job readiness training. Do More 24: One Day, Our Community! is a 24-hour campaign today, Tuesday May 5, organized by United …