Category: Participant Stories

  • A Saint Patrick’s Day to Remember 

    A Saint Patrick’s Day to Remember 

    On a very cold and rainy March 17, Jane Bishop, Arlington Lead Caseworker, picked up the phone to a very excited voice from a long-time Arlington Participant: “Miss Jane, Miss Jane, I got THE job!” In addition to landing a job, Ms. S has put in paperwork to move into a new apartment in April.…

  • From a Shelter to My Own Apartment

    From a Shelter to My Own Apartment

    By Jane Bishop  And now after more than a year of staying in the shelter, Johnny has gotten a subsidized studio apartment in the Ballston area. And how is it different from the shelter?  · On the 11th floor of a new building, there is a great view.  · The apartment is so quiet –…

  • Charles Hopkins’ Story

    Charles Hopkins’ Story

    Charles Hopkins: “All In” Meet Charles Hopkins, a July 2020 graduate of Samaritan Ministry’s STRIVE job readiness training. As a returning citizen after 47 years of incarceration, Charles was immediately challenged to find employment and housing upon his release and re-entry to society. . With the help of his parole officer he found transitional housing,…

  • Next Steps & New Chapters: former participant Antoinette Green!

    Some readers of In Step will recognize Antoinette as a member of our Speaker’s Bureau. She was the featured participant at our 2020 Next Step Breakfast, and she has joined me on many occasions, speaking from the heart about her life experience and her time in the STRIVE job readiness training program.  As a former Next Step participant and…

  • Antoinette Green

    Antoinette Green, a native Washingtonian, discovered Samaritan Ministry in 2018 through the Skyland Workforce Center, where she enrlled in our STRIVE job readiness training course. After a challenging and unstable childhood, at age 19 Antoinette became pregnant with her son, Andrew, who is now 3 years old. She graduated from high school two months before…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • “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…

  • 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…