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  • Giving Tuesday with Do More 24!

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    Today we celebrate Giving Tuesday!  The Covid-19 crisis has amplified the challenges that Samaritan Ministry participants face, and at the same time, physical distancing and office closures require creative adaptation to our customary next step relational coaching and our STRIVE job readiness training. Do More 24: One Day, Our Community! is a 24-hour campaign today, Tuesday…

  • Adaptive Change: Empowering our Neighbors-in-Need!

    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…

  • Learning Together: Faye Busingye

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    Submitted by smgwcommunications on June 14, 2018 – 10:05am 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…

  • Holy Impact

    How does the Holy Spirit inspire our mission to make a holy impact in this world?  When we think about social impact we typically think more about how we “help” others, less about how the helping changes us disciples. Yet that change may be as important and impactful as the other – or so I…

  • 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…

  • Determined to Succeed: Timothy Tyler’s Story

    Every day, participants walk through the doors of Samaritan Ministry with a goal: achieving and building a better future for themselves and their families. Mr. Timothy Tyler is one of those participants. The oldest of five kids, he spent his childhood in and out of foster care; and his adulthood in and out of the…

  • Mr. Munn: Bounced Back

    After losing his job and a year of being unsuccessful at finding new employment, at 35-year-old Christopher Munn had lost everything, including his home. “I always felt less than my friends and others because I didn’t have a “good” job, paying “good” money” said Mr. Munn. This past April he came to SMGW and joined…