Category: covid-19

  • SMGW COVID-19 Guidelines

    SMGW COVID-19 Guidelines

    To keep our staff, participants, and community safe, the following guidelines will apply depending on reported spread of Covid-19. Before visiting any SMGW locations, please check our website to see which level applies. The current level will be updated as often as it changes, and can be found on the following pages: Come to our…

  • Covid-19 Operations Update

    Covid-19 Operations Update

    Due to the current spike in Covid-19 cases in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, we’ve implemented new policies to keep our staff and visitors safe. These procedures are likely to change when the number of cases declines below threshold levels, so please check back frequently. Casework Appointments Virtual appointments will continue to be used to the…

  • All Systems, GO!

    All Systems, GO!

    It feels great to welcome back participants. We’re still not back to “normal” – whatever that is – but we have participants back indoors with us in a limited capacity, and as you’ll see later, they are glad to be back, too! We are also seeing more new people who are interested in learning about the Next Step…

  • NOVA Office of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington Opens: What Goes Around Comes Up Roses!

    NOVA Office of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington Opens: What Goes Around Comes Up Roses!

    What does it take to continue to serve vulnerable people during the treacherous time of the COVID Pandemic? Grit, determination, a sense of humor, flexibility, and science.  When it became clear in March 2020 that the Pandemic was real and dangerous, all SMGW (Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington) offices closed for in-person services and made…

  • Engaging Partners in the Pandemic: Empowering our Neighbors in Need!

    Engaging Partners in the Pandemic: Empowering our Neighbors in Need!

    Our highly successful campaign to engage our partner churches and schools during the pandemic, through the Empower our Neighbors in Need (ENN) campaign, came to a close on Sept. 30.  For a campaign that ran half as long as usual (July–Sept. v. April–Sept.), it was highly successful, with15 partners engaged in the campaign: 14 had…

  • Volunteering During the Coronavirus Crisis

    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…

  • 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…