Hot Tips from Samaritan Ministry: The 2020 Census!

An accurate account for all households is necessary for fairly distributing federal funding for programs like transportation, employment, healthcare, housing and representation in Congress. 2020 Census shortened · The US Census Bureau recently announced that the deadline for completing the 2020 Census was changed to September 30, one month earlier than expected. · As of August 6, D.C.’s self-response rate …

Volunteer Updates

Sy Jones Earlier this month there was a Volunteer meeting with Chris Martin (Operations), Jeff Hale (Development), Jennifer Seager (Program) and I to give the Volunteers the opportunity to express their concerns and understand their requirements for physically returning to the offices during COVID. Ninety nine percent of the Volunteers attended the meeting. Many Volunteers have indicated that their level …

Samaritan Sunday at St. Thomas’

We pray for our brothers and sisters whose lives were already in turmoil before COVID-19 and now are seeking the services of Samaritan Ministry to help sustain them during this most challenging time. Holy spirit, be with them. (taken from the Prayers of the People on July 12, 2020) Rev. David Wolf and Antoinette Green, one of the star graduates …

Remembering a Samaritan Saint: Gene Zartman

Please join me in pausing to remember a true Samaritan Ministry Saint – Eugene Rufus Zartman, or “Gene” as we all knew him here in the NW office where he served as Front Office Coordinator or “FOC” for the past 5 years.  Gene was here in the NW office as recently as early March, but became ill later in the …

A Story of Bridging a Racial Divide

by Bishop Eugene Sutton July 25, 2020 It was summer of 1971, as I recall.  Four high school guys from Coolidge High School in Washington, DC – including my good friend, the founding director of the Bishop Walker School for Boys, and I – had formed a rock/soul band. We weren’t very good, but what we lacked in talent was more …

A View From The Street

One of the many major changes that has marked 2020 is the newly revived conversation about the treatment of black people in America. Many were shocked and saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and Ahmaud Arbury. However, these are only the recent victims. Black people and allies have been fighting for years to bring justice …

SMGW Staff Transitions: Summer 2020

Earlier this summer we welcomed Ruby Wilson, our part-time 2020 Communications Intern!  Back in May, Ruby completed her first year at Howard University where she is working on a B.B.A. in Marketing and is a participant of the Executive Leadership Honors Program. A 2019 graduate of Wheaton High School (MD) where she was part of the Biomedical Magnet Program, Ruby lives in …

SMGW Staff Transitions – Spring 2020

As Executive Director, I am happy to say that – in this crisis period of great challenge and change – our staff members have really “stepped up” their game.  They – and we as an organization – continue to creatively adapt to the virtual human-touch starved environment that is, at least temporarily ours. One practical piece of the “good news” is …

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 Samaritan Studios, i.e., our NW office …