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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Kids' Closet resource is a terrific place for families to outfit their children for healthy and
happy lives. As a volunteer, it is rewarding to manage donations and then see the clothing walk out the door with smiling children and their parents.
This truly is an investment of time, energy, and caring with many rewards.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Samaritan House is an important nonprofit organization, and I really respect and admire the work that they do in our community. It's volunteer-driven, working together to provide food, shelter, healthcare and other services for all our neighbors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Samaritan House Kids Closet for over seven years. Currently, we hand out about 4000 pieces of children's clothing per month. I enjoy seeing the clients' faces light up when they find just the right outfit for their child and it is all free of charge.
It is a privilege for me to be part of the Samaritan House family.

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Sarah H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mrs. K’s House Preschool has been working with Samaritan House for over 23 years. They have so many wonderful programs to help people in our communities. Introducing my preschoolers to the WeeCare Program helps young children develop and cultivate empathy and inclusiveness from a very young age. And that’s what this world needs. Preschoolers are indeed able to grasp the concept of empathy. It’s rewarding to see them make those connections.”
- Sarah Kerseg-Halpin, Mrs. K’s Preschool in Foster City

Jennelle.Martell

Donor

Rating: 5

As a small business in San Mateo County with a mission to Make Cider Make a Difference, we support Samaritan House on an annual basis because of their continued dedication to helping neighbors and improving the lives of so many in our county. From a shelter to dental care to increased access to food and clothes, this client-focused non-profit provides resources at every level of need to support those in our cities who need help the most. Through these services, Samaritan House assists its clients in managing the causes of homelessness instead of merely taking care of the symptoms.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Samaritan House does so much to help families in need in our community. A great place to donate and to volunteer time to help in San Mateo County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Samaritan House is my families 'go-to' for volunteering and financial giving. We are impressed to see the work they do first hand and in many cases immediate. Helping strengthen our community at all stages of life and need - truly a terrific organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organisation providing essential services and resources for those in need within the San Mateo county.
An amazing place to volunteer, give back and support the local community!

Carrie G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Samaritan House does so much for people living in poverty in San Mateo county. I see the work they do and they are the best at gathering resources and delivering. They do it with compassion and heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing organization! They help so many local families in the area.

Donor

Rating: 5

The people who work here are very friendly and kind. It was my first time donating items and the ladies here were super helpful providing information and informing me of items needed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Samaritan House for being there for our communities most vulnerable. I have lived in San Mateo all my life and Samaritan House has always been there. They run a homeless shelter and free medical clinics. They do so much for the community and are highly regarded.

Donor

Rating: 5

My children and I have donated clothing over the years and are so impressed with the organization and professionalism of everyone at Samaritan House. I see how grateful the clients are when they receive new clothing or food. Samaritan House is a gem in this community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Samaritan House has been a true miracle for many of my former students and their families. Children were able to receive much needed medical and dental treatment bc of SH. Students were able to get clothes for school and needed supplies! When it was the last week of the month when money was scarce the food pantry filled their empty tummies! For holidays they were able to get a turkey or all dinner fixings! In my 15 years of teaching children and their families I witnessed many, many times when Samaritan House was the only supportive solution and were a blessing to hundreds of families!

Mary472

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with many different organizations over the years, and Samaritan House is the most well-organized and focused of them all. They know their clients and how best to serve them, constantly creating new incentive programs to address the unique needs of this area. They treat their volunteers well and show us we are appreciated. There are volunteer and donation opportunities for nearly every age group and availability, which helps cement the strong bond the community has with Samaritan House.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Samaritan House provides essential services to my community, in a way that is efficient, effective and compassionate. I have volunteered with many organizations over the years, and have found Samaritan House to be very well-organized and responsive to its volunteers. Compassion with our clients is emphasized -- the staff are excellent teachers and role models in this regard. I have been very happy as a volunteer here -- I feel like what I'm doing is useful and important.

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.

1 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!