Rating: 4 stars 1 review
Issues: Health, Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: 4031 Pacific Boulevard, Third Floor San Mateo CA 94403 USA
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
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.
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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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have seen the amount of food they distribute and the number of people who are touched.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Sometime they are so busy trying to make a difference, their response time is slow to other partners.