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 plans to pivot to virtual …

Charles Hopkins’ Story

Next Step participant Charles Hopkins is a July 2020 graduate of our STRIVE job readiness training. A returning citizen after 47 years of incarceration, Mr. Hopkins was immediately challenged to find employment and housing upon his release. With the help of his parole officer he found transitional housing, but just as importantly, Sophia Nalty, his Caseworker, stayed in touch with him to see how he was doing as well as …

The 2021 Empower our Neighbors in Need Campaign is here!

May was the start of our annual Empower our Neighbors in Need (ENN) campaign, which  runs through the month of September and it is truly something we look forward to each year Why?  Because it is both an opportunity to share the impact of our mission with you – our partners – usually through the experience of our program participants – and to invite you to engage in its accomplishment with your time, talent and treasure.   You see, this campaign is all about engagement. Yes, …

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 a former STRIVE graduate, Antoinette is …

Bringing the Food and the Fun!

You may have noticed on our website and social media that we’ve been very fortunate this past year to be able to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our participants thanks to a generous grant from the FEMA Emergency Food & Shelter Program.  It has been wonderful to be able to provide this additional level of service to our participants during the pandemic. As …

Nancy Nesbitt

Nancy Nesbitt graduated from the April-May virtual STRIVE training.  She describes herself as timid and cautious, but she stepped up to take the virtual STRIVE training and landed a job already . . . at a restaurant!  After losing her confidence and a job, Nancy says she finally got up the courage to enroll in the training for the first …

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 Andrew’s birth, but the challenges …

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 visit the Silver Spring office …

2020 Change Agent Awards!

At this year’s Annual Partners’ Meeting – held at partner church, Our Saviour, Silver Spring on Jan. 28 – two change agent awards were presented, one in recognition of an outstanding Samaritan volunteer leader, the other to an outstanding full-time staff member.   The first award went to retiring Board member and former Development Committee Chair John “JJ” Jaskot, the second to …

SMGW Welcomes New Board Members!

At SMGW’s Annual Partners’ Meeting on Jan. 28 @ Our Saviour Church in Silver Spring, 4 NEW Board members were elected and commissioned: Carl Keiser, a long-time volunteer instructor in our Pre-GED program; Errol Arthur, also an instructor in our Pre-GED program and a Partner Rep from Christ Lutheran Church, DC; Annie Scrimenti, a Partner Rep from Washington National Cathedral, DC; and, Paula Singleton, …