Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews


1516 Hamilton St NW Washington DC 20011 USA


Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) is a community partnership bringing together homeless people and others in need in Greater Washington (D.C) with support and volunteers from Episcopal and other churches in a joint effort to improve the lives of all. Samaritan Ministry pursues this goal by: Promoting awareness of community needs Fostering partnerships at all levels Breaking down barriers imposed by poverty Developing participants abilities to help themselves to better lives


Hiv/aids burial assistance: samaritan ministry provides financial assistance (funded by the dc department of health) for the burial of dc residents with a diagnosis of hiv/aids.

employment and social programs consist of the "next step" program as well as other services. The next step program is a self-sufficiency program which allows participants to set life improvement goals for themselves and with the help of program staff, determine a series of manageable, specific next steps toward the fulfillment of those goals. Social service support is provided in areas such as housing, employment, substance abuse, budgeting, life skills, and more. Additionally, samaritan ministry offers hiv/aids services including a retreat, counseling, support groups and burial assistance funds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been moved to support this organization in many ways. Its "Next Step" program is innovative, relies on the initiative of participants in the program and respects the participants' dignity. This organization does so much more than provide food and clothes. It provides links for volunteers to experience the devastating effects of homelessness on people. It allows volunteers to provide lasting help and hear first-hand the impact homelessness can have on real people. It is an effective program that continues to link homeless people needing many things with caring, respectful, dedicated volunteers and staff. Samaritan Ministry's Next Step program is a refreshing approach to helping others.

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Serving as a Partner Parish Representative and have served on the Board of this organization. I have also assisted in fund/aware-raising events and hosting an AIDS Retreat.

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

Help insure its long-term stability with urging a stronger endowment.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Matching grants through Help The Homeless campaign, the Next Step program is a an approach with which I philosophically support.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I made a five year pledge and the opportunity to provide payment with a 20% add-on was an excellent win-win approach in the Help the Homeless Campaign.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This organization is not just giving out goods and services. It does so with respect, dignity and places the decision with program participants. It works with folks to achieve participants' goals, as long as the participants keeping coming.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

Find it more financial support!

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