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  • 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…

  • Bringing the Food and the Fun!

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    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…

  • Nancy Nesbitt

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    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…

  • 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…

  • 2020 Change Agent Awards!

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    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…

  • SMGW Welcomes New Board Members!

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    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…

  • By the NUMBERS and YOUR Generosity: 2019 was a VERY Good Year!

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    Great thanks to ALL our donors who made 2019 so impactful. On the financial side, our individual donors once again led the way giving at a level unsurpassed in our history that allows us so sustain, expand and improve our programmatic impact! That number, nearly $600,000, includes revenue from our highly successful Nov. 2019 Gala at…

  • 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,…