David Downes, Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington and its Next Step Program for the past 10+ years, has announced that he will be leaving his position this spring to take his own “next step.” In describing the move, he says, “I’m not calling it retirement, just taking some time to decide what I want to do when I grow up – or if I even want to grow up at all!”
March 05, 2012
February 24, 2012
Bring your competitive spirit to Samaritan Ministry's Spring Gala on March 10th and bid on the exciting items featured in both our Live and Silent Auction. There is something for everyone so bid early and often! (Internet Explorer users click here for a list of auction items or try using another internet browser.)
Items to bid on include:
January 18, 2012
Join Samaritan Ministry for an evening of food, music and fun celebrating our Next Step Program and honoring Excecutive Director David Downes' 10 years of service.
Our Spring Gala will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at The Conference Center at 4000 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest and will feature live music as well as a silent and live auction. Click here for a list of auction items.
December 13, 2011
Please join the National Coalition for the Homeless and other members of the community as they come together to honor the names and celebrate the memories of the men and women who have passed away while experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC in 2011.
Among those honored will be a Next Step program participant from the Northwest office who passed away last week. He was suffering from homelessness until just two weeks before his death.
December 09, 2011
The next employment workshop in the Northwest Office will be held on
Wednesday, December 21st at 11:00am
All participants and others who are interested are welcome to attend!
December 06, 2011
Amid tables lined with food and piled high with craft activities such as ornament painting and cookie decorating, Samaritan Ministry participants celebrated the holidays with their families and friends. Thanks to our generous hosts at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Southeast DC, Sunday's Christmas party brought together over 60 program participants, their families, and 25 volunteers and staff members.
December 06, 2011
This year’s Help the Homeless Walkathon season started in October as partner organizations began hosting mini-walks to benefit Samaritan Ministry and the work of its Next Step program. Over the course of the fall, a total of 23 churches, schools, and service groups participated.
November 02, 2011
Since October 18th, there's been a conspicuous new addition to the lobby in the Northwest Office of Samaritan Ministry. Piled high with markers, stickers, construction paper, crayons, magazines and other art supplies sits a table where participants can spend a few minutes while they wait to meet with a caseworker. To do what, exactly?
November 02, 2011
Samaritan Ministry was awarded an Unsung Heroes Award for its Burial Assistance Services at an award dinner and celebration on October 31st in Seat Pleasant, Maryland. The award was presented by the National Community Based Organization Network (NCBON) to several organizations in MD and DC which provide community based services. It was wonderful to be recognized for this important service Samaritan Ministry provides to people in need. We are able to do so thanks to a grant from the DC Department of Health’s HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration.
October 31, 2011
On October 15th, St. Andrew's Episcopal School of Potomac, Maryland came together as a community to host another Help the Homeless Mini-Walk to benefit Samaritan Ministry. Continuing in their annual tradition, the mini-walk was a part of their Saturday homecoming celebration, and each of the high school grades received points based upon their participation in the event.