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Maryland Community Walk Success
April 06, 2019

We say we care for our neighbors, and on April 6, 2019 60 people from the Silver Spring area showed it at the SMGW Maryland Partner Parishes Community Walk for the Homeless in Our Midst!

Unsung heroes at Samaritan Ministry are fighting cold with kindness
March 26, 2019

Thanks to Ken Martin, a Street Sense volunteer and friend of Samaritan Ministry, for covering our January 28, 2019 Winter Warm-Up in the Northwest office.

Read the full article by clicking here.  You may see more of Ken's photos on our gallery page.

We Want You 5K Run/Walk
January 18, 2019

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington is part of Generosity DC’s multi-charity 5K Run/Walk that taking place on June 23, 2019 at Bluemont Park in Arlington, Virginia.

All funds raised by our runners and walkers goes to Samaritan Ministry to support our Next Step Program in which participants improve their lives one next step and neighbor at a time.

2018 Gala: Celebrating the Future Together
October 01, 2018

Join us at our 2018 Gala & Auction “We’re All In This Together” on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (SAES) in Potomac, MD.

This event is a mission-critical fundraiser to support our work to bring together our neighbors who face poverty, homelessness or other debilitating challenges – with partner leaders, donors, volunteers and staff in a shared ministry that improves the lives of all throughout the Washington area, one next step and neighbor at a time.This fun evening includes silent and live auctions of unique items, music by an SAES ensemble, delicious hor d'oeuvres and buffet by Mindy’s Catering, Rock Bottom Brewery beer and participant, volunteer and Partner award presentations. The Rev. Glenna J. Huber, Rector at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in DC, will be our Emcee. Tickets are $100 each and sponsorships are still available!

Holy Impact
June 01, 2018

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 would suggest!

Our Neighbors: Returning Citizens
May 29, 2018

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, these problems are often compounded with additional challenges, such as finding affordable housing, employment, and equitable access to health care.

Join SMGW: Job Announcements
March 25, 2019

Samaritan Ministry is currently looking for new staff members to join us in our rewarding work. Please see our listings on Idealist.org or read the position descriptions below if you are interested in working with us.

“This retreat has changed my life.”
January 11, 2019

On December 7, 2018, 40 people with HIV from SE DC and beyond gathered together for a rejuvenating retreat. The weekend started with introductions followed by the assignment of prayer buddies. Each participant drew the name of another participant from a hat, and throughout the weekend each participant left notes of encouragement for their buddy, and/or made a special arts/crafts project for their buddy. This is always a highlight of the retreat!

Christmas Parties 2018
December 07, 2018

'Tis the season for SMGW's annual Participant Christmas Parties!

Part of our ministry is to provide opportunities for participants to celebrate the season and our community together. These family-friendly events each have their own unique activities, yet all share in crafts, music and wonderful food. They also share in giving. Participants with children aged up to 12 are able to shop (for free) from among new donated toys, while participants received donated gift cards for children 13-17. Participants without children receive gifts cards.

Reaching Our Goals...Together
October 11, 2018

So far this year, Samaritan Ministry has served 1,252 individuals, including 830 Next Step Program participants across our five locations. More than 350 of our participants are new this year. Participants have achieved over 200 employment-related goals, including 42 participants who completed STRIVE job-readiness training. Our congratulations to each person who has persevered in working toward their goal!STRIVE logo

Martha, Dewayne, Yolanda, James, Kenneth…these are just a few of our Next Step Participants who are working on their goals to have better housing, better employment, or another component of a good life for themselves. SMGW works with participants, not clients, as each person is actively engaged in setting their own goals and taking their own next steps. While each participant has their own story, Samaritan Ministry is a part of every person story of addressing challenges and overcoming barriers.

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