Author: smgw

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • A Message to Samaritan Ministry Participants

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Adaptive Change: Empowering our Neighbors-in-Need!

    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…

  • Giving Tuesday with Do More 24!

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    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…

  • Virtual Next Step Breakfast 2020

    Virtual Next Step Breakfast 2020

    Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, our annual Next Step Breakfast had to be moved from the National Press Club to a virtual event. The speakers made their remarks via videotape, with Bishop Gene Robinson welcoming our guests. Please enjoy hearing from our wonderful speakers and, when you’re done, please consider investing your time, talent,…

  • Get Involved!

    Get Involved!

    WAYS TO GIVEOffering financial support is a direct way to help Samaritan Ministry towards its mission. CLICK HERE to learn how to donate. BECOME A VOLUNTEERSamaritan Ministry empowers its volunteers to play meaningful and important roles in helping with events, assisting participants, and supporting operations. Go to THIS LINK to find out how you can…