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“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.

Beautiful Day, Beautiful People: 2018 Volunteer-Staff Leader Appreciation Cruise
September 12, 2018

We give thanks to our numerous volunteers, staff and leadership for making the 2018 cruise a resounding success! It turned out to be a beautiful day, and more than 30 volunteers and guests joined Samaritan Ministry staff for a leisurely cruise from Alexandria to Georgetown to Navy Yard and back to Alexandria.

Community Walk for the Homeless
September 01, 2018

Join the Empower the Homeless Community Walk in Silver Spring! You are welcome!

This event is sponsored by Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington and Episcopal congregations: Church of the Ascension, Silver Spring; Christ Church, Kensington; Grace Church, Silver Spring; Church of Our Saviour, Silver Spring, and; Church of the Transfiguration, Silver Spring.

Walking Food
July 13, 2018

Samaritan Ministry is proud to provide Walking Food to participants in need. Many of our participants are homeless and/or have no place to prepare meals that require cooking. Other participants come to attend our 3-week, 6 hour-a-day STRIVE job readiness training and need sustenance to get them through the day!

How much do you know about homelessness?
July 13, 2018

On a typical night in Greater Washington, 10,480 of our neighbors are homeless. While this is a 6% decrease from 2017, homelessness is still a reality for far too many of our neighbors.

Summer interns!
June 14, 2018

Samaritan Ministry is pleased to welcome Alya Simoun (inset) and Eduardo Umana (pictured right in center) as this summer's development interns!

"I just finished my first year of undergrad at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,” says Alya. “I am pursuing a double major is Journalism and Sociology. I’m very excited to engage in my passions through remote social media work with the SMGW this summer!"

5k success!
June 14, 2018

“I had never participated in a 5K before,” says Doris Warrell, SMGW’s Development Director, “but even soaking from the rain, we all achieved our goal!”

'One of the Best' Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy
June 06, 2018

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy! As it celebrates its 16th Anniversary Serving the Greater Washington Region, the Catalogue for Philanthropy is Proud to Honor Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington.

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