Founded in 1986, 12 Episcopal churches in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area believed they could do more together than separately. Together, they decided to go beyond the provision of emergency assistance to people who are homeless and others in need. Starting with one staff member, and a small group of volunteers in the basement of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington now provides services at seven locations in the Washington area.
In 2000 programs formerly run by the Episcopal Caring Response to AIDS (ECRA) were incorporated into Samaritan Ministry. This is when our spiritual retreats began.
In August 2016 Samaritan Ministry and STRIVE DC integrated to increase both the quality of the program the respective organziations offered and to offer seamless access for our participants to the personalized coaching and support of the Next Step Program and the effective STRIVE workforce development, which is now a component of the Next Step Propgram.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors elected by representatives from our Partner Council. There are no religious requirements for participation in our programs.
Every year, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington helps improve the lives of more than 1,000 people who are homeless or otherwise in need through our innovative Next Step Program. For over 30 years now, participants have been welcomed by our staff and volunteers into a safe, supportive environment that allows them the freedom to choose their own goals and pursue them! They are given the resources and support they need — housing and employment search guidance, coaching, referrals to partner service providers and more — to fulfill those goals. Participants are listened to, and treated like family.