SMGW Staff Transitions: Summer 2020

Earlier this summer we welcomed Ruby Wilson, our part-time 2020 Communications Intern!  Back in May, Ruby completed her first year at Howard University where she is working on a B.B.A. in Marketing and is a participant of the Executive Leadership Honors Program. A 2019 graduate of Wheaton High School (MD) where she was part of the Biomedical Magnet Program, Ruby lives in …

Faye Busingye: “Learning Together”

In mid-2017, Faye Busingye had a few goals in mind: learning how to improve her computer skills and finding better housing for herself. At Samaritan Ministry’s Silver Spring office, located at Church of Our Saviour, she found the people, support and resources she needed. A full-time Certified Nursing Assistant, Faye only had the chance to visit the Silver Spring office …

Volunteer Spotlight: Margaret Hilton

Margaret Hilton has been a Resume Assistant at Samaritan Ministry’s Northwest DC Office since August of 2017. She came to Samaritan after retiring from nineteen years at the National Academy of Sciences, where she was one of the earlier women to lead a team. She is a parishioner at St John’s Chevy Chase in Maryland. She heard about SMGW from …

Volunteering During the Coronavirus Crisis

During the COVID-19 crisis, SMGW offices have had to adapt to continue to serve participants while maintaining physical distance. We have set up abbreviated hours on our porches, where they receive food, toiletries, mail and schedule phone appointments for assistance with services such as filling out job applications, the Census 2020 form, and arranging Burial Assistance. Although the pick-up times …

Meet Benja Reilly, This Year’s Casework Intern

Samaritan Ministry is fortunate to have Benja Reilly as a Casework Intern at the Northwest Office through the Westmoreland Service Corps in Bethesda, MD. Benja was called to service early in his life. At age seven, he began to serve as an interpreter for his mother, who is deaf. He calls ASL (American Sign Language) his first language because that …

2020 Change Agent Awards!

At this year’s Annual Partners’ Meeting – held at partner church, Our Saviour, Silver Spring on Jan. 28 – two change agent awards were presented, one in recognition of an outstanding Samaritan volunteer leader, the other to an outstanding full-time staff member.   The first award went to retiring Board member and former Development Committee Chair John “JJ” Jaskot, the second to …

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 …