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4031 Pacific Boulevard San Mateo CA 94403 USA


To improve lives, promote self-sufficiency, and preserve dignity by providing supportive services for all members of our community in need. To create and provide effective opportunities for community members to share their means, their energy, and their concern for those in need.


Over the last three decades, Samaritan House has earned awards and public recognition from all segments of the community, including awards from local and state government and wide press coverage for innovative programs. In a nod of approval to Samaritan House’s administrative skill and leadership abilities, the 7 agencies that comprise San Mateo County’s safety net selected Samaritan House to lead the County’s efforts to distribute the County’s allocation of “Homeless Prevention” funds from the federal stimulus ($488,800) and to secure and distribute funding from the State for “Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing” ($1.6 million). This effort builds upon Samaritan House’s role as the Season of Sharing fiscal agent for the County since 1990 The program provides emergency assistance to prevent homelessness for expenses such as rent and utilities.

Target demographics:

Persons living in poverty in San Mateo County, including homeless single adults who need shelter.

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Geographic areas served:

San Mateo County


Samaritan House operates two free medical clinics, a homeless shelter, a food and nutrition program (e.g., food delivery, soup kitchen, food pantry), a homelessness prevention program, a variety of educational classes, a holiday program, a family resource center, and a worker resource center. All services are provided free of charge.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was once a client and then a volunteer. The assistance and services provided by Samaritan House to San Mateo County residents are beyond amazing. Not only do they provide the basic needs such as food, shelter, and medical assistance to low income residents of the county, but they also think about programs and services that push towards self-sufficiency. Families and individuals know they have somewhere to go and ask for help during times of needs. Samaritan House, you give families hope in times of instability. I have personally experienced how your assistance makes a difference in the lives of those living in poverty. Please know that my mom is forever grateful for everything you did for her and her 3 children. Because of organizations like you and the support of other organizations pushing for affordable housing, we are now able to thrive. Please know that your assistance with rent, food, clothing, and Julio who was our amazing case manager gave us the tools to get our of poverty. My mom is now happily 8 years into her career working with special needs children and her three daughters are either done with undergraduate and doing their masters studies, or about to transfer. Thank you for helping our community!

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I've volunteered in their Christmas Adoption (adopt a family and adopt a senior) for four years, and I recently volunteered for the back to school drive. The clients that Samaritan House San Mateo supports are all so thankful for this wonderful and supportive organization. Programs are well-designed, smoothly run, and draw literally hundreds of needy families. I love working with this organization.

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Samaritan House is an incredible organization that does great work for those in need in San Mateo County.

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I have been collecting donations and volunteering at Samaritan House for close to two decades. It is a pillar of the community in San Mateo, providing countless services for those in need, and doing a wonderful job of involving schools and other community groups in their philosophy: neighbor helping neighbor.

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I am a member of the Samaritan House board of directors and a volunteer. I commend the dedicated staff and the generous supporters in San Mateo County who serve the needs of those less fortunate in our community. You have made a difference in the lives of many people and are continuing to do so. The mission of Samaritan House is sacred to the well being of the San Mateo County community. Thank you!

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Samaritan House is a wonderful oasis of healthcare for the medically uninsured. I was lucky enough to volunteer there and meet grateful patients, amazing volunteer medical and dental providers, and competent administrative staff!

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I am a single mom, and my pay was decreased. Not knowing where to begin looking for help, I called and applied everywhere. ONLY Samaritan House heard me out, and acknowledged my hardship, with kindness and generosity. The food program has saved my daughter and I. The volunteers at the food program are always welcoming and kind, and never once have I felt "less than" by being there. I am eternally grateful

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I have been a VOLUNTEER here. Its really a great place. The dental clinic managed by Alex is great. He manages it better than some of the private clinics owned by dentists who make $$. Also I am very thankful to them for letting me take x rays for patients for my X ray certification course, I couldn't have done without them, thanks a lot Dr. Rideau and Alex.

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I am a client of The Samaritan House. They have always been there for me when I need help. Lynnette is my case worker and is always willing to help me when I am in need for food. She is very understanding and is very caring for her clients.
The holiday drive during ThanksGiving and Christmas is so helpful for my family. The food we get last for months. I am so thankful to have something like this around to help me and my family when we are in need.

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I am a Client of Samaritan House,and I had to ask for assistance to pay my rent. No family and my friends could not help. I called and got Mrs. Lynette Robinson who told me what he needed as far as paperwork. This was on a Tuesday by Friday I had received a call that I have been approved for the Assistance. I have been able to keep my Apartment,but I constantly struggle to keep food in it. I come to them once a month to help with my issues with food. This is such a great Organization and with out there help I would be homeless.
Thank you.

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