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Samaritan House

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Nonprofit Overview

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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Antonina  M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing Place! This is like a big family! Thanks

Cheryl Bernstein R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The equity issue is intense in the Bay Area right now. Seems to grow every day. Thank goodness for Samaritan House. We've never needed you as much as we do now. A trusted community partner for life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work Samaritan House is doing in San Mateo County is inspirational. They are making a big impact in the lives of so many, and have been doing it for 45 years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Samaritan House ties together the critical services - food, shelter, clothing and healthcare - needed to fight poverty in San Mateo County, while helping individuals and families gain the skills they need to build their own healthy and positive futures. Samaritan House staff respect their clients and welcome them as valuable members of the community. I have been continually impressed with how Samaritan House clients grow in self-confidence and how they use their Samaritan House experience to strengthen their lives and the lives of those around them. Samaritan House changes lives for the better every day and makes our community that much stronger for it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Samaritan House has been around for at least 45 years! They're a great organization that cares about helping people reach a place of stability.

Donor

Rating: 5

The importance of the work that the Samaritan House of San Mateo performs cannot be understated. It’s easy to think that being in such an affluent part of the world, the community is somehow shielded from the most fundamental of needs (food, shelter, clothing, medical care, job assistance). In fact it is the tremendous wealth disparity that makes life in Bay Area tenuous for so many. There are countless families one pay check away from missing a car payment, making rent, being able to put food on their table, clothing their children, or having dental work done. Once you fall out, it is virtually impossible to get back in. Samaritan House provides that safety net where people can go at their time of greatest need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Samaritan House is a very active and progressive nonprofit organization! They pretty much provide all-in-one services for the people in need; job, food, medical help, place to sleep for few nights, training and grooming for landing a job.....you name it!
And all the staffs and volunteers get it done together with great enthusiasm and professional approach. They make sure the limited resources can benefit as many people as possible and the most appropriate assistance they could get.

In a word, Samaritan House shows the world; the best thing can happen to a human being is being able to give and make it happen~~

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Staff are quick to help and come with no judgement no matter where you are in life. The unique aspect about Samaritan House is its personalized approach. Whether you are in need of food, shelter, clothing or healthcare, Samaritan House is dedicated to fighting poverty.

Meredith L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Samaritan House is a wonderful resource for everyone in the community. I especially love the Project Wee Care Program where children learn empathy and the importance of giving to others with the ease of donating items at their school site. Our school had a field trip to Samaritan House so children could see how donations of food and clothing are used. I also love the kids closet where we can donate clothes to those in need. Thank you for this amazing resource!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Samaritan House goes above and beyond. They supply great medical care , diabetes education , social services, and even food as medicine for people in need. It is an honor to work with such compassionate and dedicated staff members and providers.

Laurelle J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Samaritan House in some form or another for abut 30 years now. SH has been a great asset to our local community. As they have been able to add additional services over the years, they have become a place where people in our community can go for help, anything from food to financial planning. I have loved working with this local non-profit over the years and hope to continue with them for years to come.

Lbent1943

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Sam House regularly because of their structure and commitment to the San Mateo and Palo Alto Communities. They serve meals, provide shelter, training, clothes, and rental assistance, and let me not forget the resource center, to their community. They do phenomenal work and have hundreds of committed volunteers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It amazes me when I hear all of the services Samaritan House provides for the low inocme community of San Mateo County" Rental Assistance, Food Pantry, Hot Meals, Meals on Wheels, Kids Closet, Financial Literacy, Free Clinic and I feel I am most impressed with their newest program where a clinic doctor provides a diabetic patient with a prescription and they can go to the Food Pharmacy to get products that will help them with their diet, a critical component for a diabetic. I am awestruck by the dedications of the organizations and individuals who happily donate hour upon hour of time. They must really believe in the program and the work thye provide. Yeah Samaritan House!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I only recently (within the last year) became aware of this organization and all that they've done and continue to do in the community. As I'd heard great things about them, and seeing the growing homelessness and desperation around me in San Mateo Co., I began recommending to several struggling neighbors that they check it out. And all have been success stories. I've been blown away from hearing how they're getting the help they need, from food to free medical care. I've even begun thinking of ways that I can help out too, through them. I've started by donating to their Kid's Closet program and hope to be able to volunteer soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Members of our organization have had the opportunity to volunteer with Samaritan House for several years in a row now, and each time we come away feeling grateful for the chance to help support them in their efforts. The work they are doing in the community and with their clients is so important and humbling.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has helped my family out in so many ways from clothing and food when we couldn't afford that time. I also appreciate the assistance when I was looking for a place and they offered to step in to help. Samaritan House not only offers many resources but, the people who work there are genuinely kind and are always serving people like me with a smile. I

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does so much for the community. Fun Fundraising events, taking care of the whole community from getting back packs for the children to providing food for the needy. All of those involved should be very proud at the difference they make in their own background ❤️

1 Jesse S.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I ve donated clothes diapers and backpacks for this good organization and this month we're getting ready
to donate Halloween costumes for the kids too.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher in the San Mateo Foster City school district. Samaritan House has helped serve many of our families in need. It’s a wonderful organization that provides clothes, food, medical needs, and other services.

1 Cliff R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What an amazing place. All of the services and goods provided make a real difference in the lives of so many. But the dignity and uplift imparted as well are the true magic of Samaritan House! In thriving Silicon Valley, many forget the economic pressures and difficulties placed on so many. Thankfully, Sam House is here to step in and help. Few charities are as deserving of our support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Samaritan House is a leader in serving the needs of our community in San Mateo County. Their services including basics like free healthcare, food, case management, and financial empowerment are making a huge difference in the lives of our working poor neighbors.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Samaritan House board of directors and a volunteer. I commend the dedicated staff and the generous supporters in San Mateo County who serve the needs of those less fortunate in our community. You have made a difference in the lives of many people and are continuing to do so. The mission of Samaritan House is sacred to the well being of the San Mateo County community. Thank you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Samaritan House is an organization with heart. Its leaders, staff and volunteers are all passionate about the mission , the work and the vital role that Samaritan House plays in San Mateo County, at a time when support for our neighbors living in poverty is more needed than ever. I am continually gratified by the response of the community and the difference that Samaritan House makes in the lives of its clients. I am particularly proud of innovative initiatives such as the Food Pantries at our health clinics that have made a tangible, positive impact on our clients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization run professionally, but still touching people and the community on a personal level.

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!