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Causes: Food, Food Programs, Health, Health Care, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Human Services

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12,000+

Geographic areas served: San Mateo County

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a donor and a volunteer. I coordinate donations for my club to Samaritan House over the summer collecting school supplies and at the holidays with toys. I really like working with Samaritan House, especially as all of the work and donations stay right in my local community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer my time to help Samaritan House and I donate items to them. I belong to a service organization and we love to volunteer for the Samaritan House. They do just great work to help those in the community who need assistance. Everyone at Samaritan House that I have dealt with is always very friendly, caring and giving. I wish I could do more to help them. I believe they truly are a life saver for many people.

Donor

Rating: 5

Samaritan House raises money and then gives it to the community. Sam House works with other organizations in San Mateo County to make sure those in need get the aid they need to have housing, health care, and a helping hand.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Samaritan House is an amazing asset in our community. It provides desperately needed housing, medical and dental care, social and family support to those most in need. It also provides a way for others to contribute to building our community, one family at a time. I personally have known a handful of families who have benefitted from temporary housing, gifts at the holidays and food when needed. I've also known families who make it a priority to donate their time and money to this organization. It bridges the gaps in our community and lessens the distance between us.

Leslie Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Wendy160

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Marnie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Vicky25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!