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November 29, 2010

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November 29, 2010

I learned about Samaritan Ministry some years ago, through my church, which is one of the Samaritan Ministry partner parishes. I have gotten to know staff members, volunteers and participants in Samaritan Ministry's program through parish council meetings, participation on Samaritan Ministry's board, attendance at Next Step training sessions and hearing from participants directly about what Samaritan Ministry has done for them. I know first hand the quality of Samaritan Ministry's leadership and governance. I have heard directly from participants about the difference Samaritan Ministry has made in their lives. The Next Step model meets people where they are, helps them identify their own "next steps," and then helps them take those next steps. The program combines lots of support with the requirement that participants take responsibility for their own growth. It works, one life at a time. I make Samaritan Ministry a priority in our charitable contributions because the organization is truly making a difference in lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing and hearing from participants about the changes they have made in their lies. Volunteering changes the volunteers too!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find it more financial support!

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

I have been working with this organization for 6 months in Southeast Washington, DC a very poor section of town. It has been rewarding to see the numbers of participants who come in so eager to get help, learn skills, gain employment and improve their lives. This organization doesn't give people a fish, it teaches them to fish! Samaritan also provides much needed interview clothing which is so important to self image when trying to market oneself. It is also able to provide some limited food assistance to folks who are working hard but still occasionally need some additional assistance. It has also helped me by allowing me to use my skills in providing resume writing help and providing basic computer skills instruction. A wonderful, wonderful organization offering practical, real help!

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seen formerly incarcertated individuals obtain gainful employment; seen formerly non-computer literate individuals learn how to use email and job search on-line; seem HIV/AIDs individuals get much needed help; seen folks gain pride in obtaining interview clothes; seen folks get help obtaining IDs and benefits such as Social Security, food stamps; been helped myself in honing my office skills and even received job referrals from the Lean Case Worker. They treat staff and volunteers with equal respect.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them find avenues to update computer resources and provide additional funding so they can hire more permanent staff members so they can better serve participants.

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

I have been a supporter of SMGW since its inception. I was a member of hte Episcopal Cparish that began this organization. I have followed its work for twenty-five years, and watched it really become focused on its mission, and develop a program "Next Step" that has truly helped thousands, by this time of people who had lamost lost hope. They have reached out to and assisted folks who are now recovering addicts, alcholics, who have been homeless, without work, people living with AIDS, and people who had lost their self-respect and dignity as human beings, and hope of anyone caring about them. This program exists on the money it is able to raise through donations, foundation grants, and govermental grants. Because it is so well run, it has beena ble to increase the number of people that they are able to serve, and to recruit volunteers to help. I am extraordinarily proud to be associated with SMGW. It is highly respected among churches and social agencies in the Washington regional area. I have become a regular donor and I encourage others to do the same. A better invetsment in helping people get their lives back on track and moving forward with hope and belief in themselves, you can't find. The individuals name their "next step" and SMGW works with them to accomplish them, one step at a time. Those in need can buy into things that they have decided upon themselves, rather than having others tell them what their next steps must be. I highly recommend this organization and its Executive Director David Downes. Janice Robinson Board Member and Donor

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I have met individuals whosse lives have been turned around because SMGW was ther to help,and continues to help by caring and staying in touch.

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I would want to replicate this organization's wholistic approach to helping people in other urban settings.

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

My son worked with Samaritan Ministry as an intern one summer twenty years ago, and I was so impressed with the organization that I joined in on their Christmas parties and other intermittent volunteer efforts over the years. Our church, St. Francis of Great Falls, has been a strong supporter with a member on the board for most of the years. When I retired, I joined as the Friday Front Office Coordinator at the Northern Virginia office. This is a great organization that gives individuals a chance to improve their lives with a trained social worker one on one as a participant in the "next step" program. We all need to take the next step, an I recommend you take the next step in your goal of ending homelessness supporting this organization with your time, talents, and treasure.

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I see every participant that comes in on Fridays, and have gotten to know them. Setting goals and having the professional support of a social worker who is also an aide with disicipline and accountability is what SMGF is all about. Those that have no plans, plan for "nos". Listening to those that know takes a special person that make you want to listen. We certainly have two special social workers that make you want to listen.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This is not a religious organization that professes a way to salvation, but I recommend open and truthful reliance on spiritual principles that come from Christ, whether you believe Him as Lord and Savior or not. Credit where credit is due, and if that credit is the source of all love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentilness, and self-control, the fruit of Christ's Spirit, then proclaim it.

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Could train as a Front Office Coordinators or a Casework Associate. FOC's manage the front office, greeting people, signing them in for meetings with their caseworkers, answering phones, receiving mail and messages for participants. Excellent people skills are essential to this position because the FOC is the first contact between the participant and Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. As a Casework Associate, a volunteer can assist participants and Samaritan Ministry in a variety of ways including writing resumes, supervising the computer room, helping participants fill out job applications, sorting clothes in the clothes closet, sorting food in pantry, do general maintenance around the offices.