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Our annual Winter Warm-Up was held January 27, 2017, and more than 30 volunteers, staff, participants and their families participated!
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, staff and participants, were were able to provide a warm ethnic meal for all, which included curry chicken, vegetarian maqluba and friend rice.
In December more than 450 guests, volunteers and staff celebrated Christmas at three parties in Northern Virginia, Southeast DC, and Northwest DC. With singing, bingo, face-painting, balloons and of course Santa and his merry band of elves, the Samaritan Ministry Christmas parties were festive occasions to be community together across geographical boundaries as well as income levels and race.
Each party had its own special atmosphere, be it the hot dogs and half-smokes in Southeast, the gift-wrapping room in Northern Virginia, or the painting and drawing tables in Northwest. Traditional partnerships continued as seventy adults and children with Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corporation) joined in the celebrations in Southeast and Northwest DC. Thank you for making this possible!
On Saturday, November 5, 2016 a record setting 250 Samaritan Ministry friends, old and new, came out to celebrate 30 years of Next Steps and the 2016 Gala, themed "Stepping Into the Future." In the beautiful sanctuary of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church in DC's Columbia Heights, where Samaritan Ministry's first office was located back in 1986, we enjoyed the beautiful music sponsored by Marifran Bustion and Richard Sellers, and the delicious food of Mindy's Catering. Flowing with Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale sponsored by Bob and Ellie Tupper and wine sponsored by Diane Adams and Danette Kauffman, the silent and live auction with auctioneer Ernie Rogers of Black Tie Benefit Auctions was a great success, and much fun!
On April 10th more than 50 parishioners from Transfiguration Episcopal Church and Church of Our Saviour both in Silver Spring, their friends and Samaritan Ministry staffers walked up New Hampshire Avenue with a police escort. Walkers encouraged drivers to honk for the homeless and held signs that said, among other things, "Welcome the stranger." This intergeneration walk included three generations of one family from a youth to our oldest walker at 70+ years.
Another celebration of our major donors has come and gone!
Thank you to our parish partner St. Thomas, DC for this wonderful and delicious Strawberry Shortcake Social.
Saturday, May 2 at 9 a.m. a group of 35 inspired Samaritans from 7 partner parishes gathered at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, K Street. They gathered for Samaritan Ministry’s first ever Empower the Homeless Community Walk. They bore witness; homeless brothers and sisters are our neighbors indeed and our neighbors in need. They shouted “End Homelessness Now!”
“We were not founded to “help people” but to participate in their liberation with the implied invitation that they would participate in ours.”
View photos from the Christmas party at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Southeast DC.