The Merging of Ministries

At our last Partner Council meeting of 2022 on Nov. 29, we the Council officially approved the merger of Southeast Ministry (SEM) with  Samaritan Ministry. This means several things: First and foremost, it means that SEM students are now Samaritan Ministry participants!  Second, it means that the work of SEM is now our work at SMGW.  Third, it means that …

Season’s Greetings

From Executive Director, Rev. David B. Wolf In this holiday season, I share with you a message of hopefulness and blessing. At its best, the holiday season embodies a spirit of generosity, especially for those stuck in life’s ditch, in the metaphor of the Good Samaritan parable. For many of us, this means acts of kindness through gifts and charitable …

Kicking Off the Holidays!

The week before Thanksgiving began our annual holiday giveaway at Samaritan Ministry’s Northwest, NOVA/Arlington, and Anacostia/Southeast locations! The Southeast team served a grand total of 39 neighbors in need and our participants were overflowing with gratitude. Lead Caseworker, Jane Bishop, signed up ongoing SE Participants and Jobs First. Gloria Ducker, Melissa Hyatt, and Helen Douglas staffed the FOC desk and …

The Rev. Andrew T.P. Merrow: Emcee for Gala 2022

The Rev. Andrew Merrow of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Arlington, Virginia will be the emcee for this years 36th annual Gala. He speaks for a variety of regional civic, non-profit community organizations and represents St. Mary’s in state, national and international organizations connected to the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, such as The Compass Rose Society, Virginia Theological Seminary, …

Gala 2022 Event Awardees

Outstanding Achievement – Mr. Benjamin T. Morgan Benjamin Morgan initially came to Samaritan Ministry seeking a source of supplemental income and stable housing. With guidance from his Caseworker, he identified not just one life goal, but several – in housing, employment and education. The pandemic may have slowed him down on his Next Step journey, but clearly it did not …

Welcoming the Poor People’s Campaign to DC! 

Our communities are suffering under the weight of systemic racism, poverty, lack of access to healthcare, rising prices, and a distorted moral narrative that tells the richest country in the world there is not enough to go around. And at the center of these interlocking injustices are 140 million people who are poor or one emergency away from losing everything.  …

Participants Take “Next Steps” to Healthy Living

Our Next Step Program is all about meeting goals, and last week, participants and guests took a step towards their health goals by attending our “Healthy Eating on a Budget” Workshop. The workshop was led by Giant Nutritionist Kristen McGill via zoom, but some attendees joined us in person at our Arlington office, where Lead Caseworker Jane Bishop and Casework …

SMGW’s Arlington Office Gets a Facelift!

Our Arlington office looks brand new after repairs done by the Rebuilding Together Arlington team along with volunteers from St. Mary’s Arlington! 52 volunteers pitched in to make the day a great success! Repairs done included painting the porch ceiling and tailings, painting all wood trim around windows, fixing front screen door and kitchen floor, building an invisible “draft stopper” …