Empower the Homeless (ETH)
We are proud to have our fourth annual Empower the Homeless (ETH) Campaign which runs April 1 – September 30, 2017. Our goals this year are holding 35 events and raising $350,000, including a $75,000 match!
Together our efforts will garner much needed awareness and support for our homeless neighbors. This annual campaign engages local community members as well as members of our partner parishes and schools in the reality of homelessness. There are five goals:
- To “see” and meet our neighbors who are homeless
- To understand the plight of homeless neighbors – how homelessness dehumanizes adults, puts children at risk and poisons our community
- To build a collaborative community of people of good will who dare to vision a time when no one will be homeless in Greater Washington
- To demonstrate how Samaritan Ministry’s Next Step Program is an effective way to provide a “hand up” to our neighbors who suffer homelessness
- To raise financial resources to provide a compassionate and committed response to women and men who suffering homelessness and other life-threatening conditions
The first ETH Campaign began in April 2014, with 30 events - ranging from a youth group walk through the neighborhood to a parish walk to the White House - raised the community’s awareness of homelessness and those who suffer it. Churches sponsored adult forums, invited Samaritan Ministry’s executive director into their pulpit, held strawberry shortcake “showdowns” and Popsicle sales. Several churches and donors stepped up and provided seed money to match contributions to Samaritan Ministry.
If you are interested in holding an ETH event, please contact Doris Warrell, Development Director – dwarrell [at] samaritanministry.org – 202-722-2280 ext. 316 to make that happen.