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Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
November 30, 2010

After having spent much time working as a volunteer with nonprofit groups in Chicago, I sought an opportunity to work with an organization which helped people to become self-sufficient. Because of her previous association, my wife directed me to SamaritanMinistry's Next Step Program. She urged me to volunteer to work in one of the offices in order to "learn what they really do." My wife was right. During this period, I believe that I received more personal benefit (in understanding and appreciating human needs) than benefits that I might have provided to others. As a result of this experience, I ended up participating on the Development Committee of the Board. That led to joining the Board and participation on various other committees and in various other activities.

The Great!

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

I saw how helpful it could be to participants to reflect on their own lives in a positive way and to make plans for their future in a hopeful way. The environment at Samaritan Ministry promotes that attitude and helps people to become self-sufficient. I observed the joy in the face of a participant reporting back that he did, indeed, get the job applied for. This experience also demonstrated to me how narrow is the path we follow, how easy it is to "trip", and to need help.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would hope that more funding resources could become available in orcer to expand the services in other geographic areas, such as Maryland. I would also hope that a larger stable funding source might be attained over time.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & For a half day each week, I worked as a resume writer in the Southeast Office, for about a year and a half, helping participants create a resume which could be used in their job search efforts. I also assisted in greeting incoming participants and helpin.