2018 Gala: Celebrating the Future Together

Join us at our 2018 Gala & Auction “We’re All In This Together” on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (SAES) in Potomac, MD. This event is a mission-critical fundraiser to support our work to bring together our neighbors who face poverty, homelessness or other debilitating challenges – with partner leaders, donors, volunteers and …

Learning Together: Faye Busingye

Submitted by smgwcommunications on June 14, 2018 – 10:05am 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 …

Holy Impact

How does the Holy Spirit inspire our mission to make a holy impact in this world?  When we think about social impact we typically think more about how we “help” others, less about how the helping changes us disciples. Yet that change may be as important and impactful as the other – or so I would suggest! At Samaritan Ministry …

Goal Achieved! Clarence Hooper

In 2015, Mr. Clarence Hooper wanted to make a change in his life. Rather than jump from temporary job to temporary job, he wanted full-time, lasting employment. After a long conversation with Gail Davis, our Lead Caseworker at the Northern Virginia office, Clarence’s first goal was set: get a job! Thus, he became a participant with Samaritan Ministry’s Next Step Program. Working …

“Good Place; Good Help”: Robert Preucel

In September of 2016, Mr. Robert Preucel (name changed) came to the Northwest office to meet with Lead Caseworker Annette Carver. Over the course of the long conversation, Robert explained that he had three goals: first, he wanted to get a better job! While currently employed as a part-time package handler with FedEx, Robert was striving for something more meaningful, …

Reclaiming Ones’ Humanity: Wayne Pointer

Submitted by smgwcommunications on April 2, 2018 – 11:22am Wayne Pointer is a recent STRIVE graduate in the Next Step Program, and was this year’s featured participant speaker at the 2018 Next Step Breakfast! Originally from nearby Lanham, Maryland, Wayne had a solid middle-class childhood, but as a young adult he started using illegal drugs. That decision led him to more addictive drugs, and eventually to …

Mr. Munn: Bounced Back

After losing his job and a year of being unsuccessful at finding new employment, at 35-year-old Christopher Munn had lost everything, including his home. “I always felt less than my friends and others because I didn’t have a “good” job, paying “good” money” said Mr. Munn. This past April he came to SMGW and joined the Next Step Program. His …

Sabra’s Story

Sabra* first discovered Samaritan Ministry while seeking employment assistance. Sabra is orginally from Africa, but has been in the United States for a number of years. She had just recently completed her education to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse). While working to complete her degree, Sabra had lost both her home and marriage. She was temporarily living with her ex-husband and …