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 …

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 …

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, and treasure using one of …

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 …

Join us for the 2019 Gala!

You won’t want to miss Samaritan Ministry’s Gala on Saturday, November 9, at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown! Starting at 6pm, you’ll be greeted by friendly faces whom you may recognize as volunteer caseworkers, Front Office Coordinators, or resume writers. Once you get your bidder number and program, you can head to the “Selfie Station”, just …