Remembering a Samaritan Saint: Robert Trautman

Robert Trautman lived a long and fulfilled life, but he also helped others do the same. After retiring from his correspondent position at Reuters, Robert Trautman learned about Samaritan Ministry through his parish, the Church of the Epiphany. “At my church, there was a notice on the board for volunteers at Samaritan Ministry. So, I started working there,” Robert said. He began volunteering with us in 1997 as …

March On for Voting Rights!

By Louise McCormick As a rural New Yorker by upbringing, the culture shock of coming to Washington, DC initially blew me away. For such a small area, Washington DC is remarkably passionate about telling and building our nation’s history and progress, with good reason– they are the home of our nation’s president, home to our national monuments, and home to …

In Memory of Ellen Compton-Tejera

As an expression of her faith, Ellen Abbie Compton-Tejera served on the committee that organized and launched Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) in 1986. She subsequently served on the SMGW Board of Directors (1987 – 1991), representing St. Thomas Episcopal Church (DC), one of SMGW’s founding partner parishes. Her service on the Board culminated with being a Board officer, first as …

Christmas and Kwanzaa in July

Last Friday, Jane Bishop, the Lead Caseworker in our Arlington location, hosted a Christmas / Kwanzaa in July event for current and potential participants. It was a huge success as Jane and her team provided food, toiletries and COVID supplies (i.e. masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) to more than 35 participants and potential participants.

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

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, but just as importantly, Sophia …

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 …