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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  

As a former board member and current Advisory Council member I can say without hesitation that this organization is very well run. They steward every dollar donated and are strategic in both short term decision making and long term planning. Their professionalism has resulted in a thriving organization that helps thousands of low income people in our community and it's done with great care and respect.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Samaritan House makes it possible for many in our community to survive and thrive. They offer shelter, food, clothing, medical care, education and so much more. Bravo.

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Conduct more outreach so that more deserving people access Samaritan House's incredible services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Everyone is so caring & kind and most generous with their time to help others

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I have volunteered with this organization for over 10 years. Amazing food bank services, holiday toy drive, and a wide network of resources for those in need in our community. So happy to support Samaritan House and celebrate their work and commitment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had nothing but great experiences working with Samaritan House leadership team to tackle tough local policy issues and address the needs of San Mateo County's most vulnerable residents. I have referred many people to services and received positive feedback about staff and services. Samaritan House is an important partner to local government agencies and the nonprofit landscape, and are constantly looking to create innovative programs and solutions to address the ever-changing needs of the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It amazes me when I hear all of the services Samaritan House provides for the low inocme community of San Mateo County" Rental Assistance, Food Pantry, Hot Meals, Meals on Wheels, Kids Closet, Financial Literacy, Free Clinic and I feel I am most impressed with their newest program where a clinic doctor provides a diabetic patient with a prescription and they can go to the Food Pharmacy to get products that will help them with their diet, a critical component for a diabetic. I am awestruck by the dedications of the organizations and individuals who happily donate hour upon hour of time. They must really believe in the program and the work thye provide. Yeah Samaritan House!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Best place to volunteer because they care about all the people involved. Their clients, their employees, their volunteers, their donors, their partnerships, their everything!
Top notch, best there has been in the Bay Area!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Samaritan House is THE BEST charity in the Bay Area. Their programs often keep Single Parent & Dual Parent families from losing irreplaceble housing in an unforgiving housing market. As a single mother who lost a decent paying job to a permanent work injury, Samaritan House as been there for me when I had nowhere else to turn to keep a roof over the heads of myself and my young boy.

Their Kids Closet provides sorely needed clothing to growing children and teenagers and their My New Shoes program and Backpack giveaways help kids to fit in with their peers in a largely affluent Peninsula public school system.

Some of our neighbors suffer setbacks that are not due to bad choices but sometimes from the actions of others as in my injury or simply to life's random bad luck. Samaritan House is there for many who do not have family or friends to count on when support is needed. This is all done with warmth, kindness and friendliness allowing their clients to seek help when they need while retaining their dignity in the process. Their work saves lives. ♡♡♡

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Rating: 5 stars  

Samaritan House provides essential services to my community, in a way that is efficient, effective and compassionate. I have volunteered with many organizations over the years, and have found Samaritan House to be very well-organized and responsive to its volunteers. Compassion with our clients is emphasized -- the staff are excellent teachers and role models in this regard. I have been very happy as a volunteer here -- I feel like what I'm doing is useful and important.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Samaritan House provides vital services to central San Mateo County. They work closely with families to address the wide variety of issues faced by those in poverty.

What has impressed me is their commitment to the whole individual providing food, shelter, meals, clothing, and much more.

They are an important part of our safety net.

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I have seen the amount of food they distribute and the number of people who are touched.

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Sometime they are so busy trying to make a difference, their response time is slow to other partners.

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