I've been involved with The Samaritan Women since 2009 and I'm very grateful for all that they are doing in Baltimore and in the US. Their work with survivors of human trafficking is unparalleled. In many ways they are the model for how to work alongside survivors in a healing, faith-based environment. I have always been impressed with the variety of ways that volunteers can plug in at TSW, farming, building, working with people, administrative work... they utilize volunteers of all passions!
Since September 2016 I have served at The Samaritan Women as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator through an AmeriCorps program called Volunteer Maryland in the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives. It has been my absolute pleasure to work with this organization's amazing volunteers, and a privilege to see an organization so dedicated to helping a population in need.
The Samaritan Women has operated since 2007 and has provided residential services since 2012. Volunteerism and radical, selfless service have always been at the heart of this organization, and volunteers have made it possible for us to offer amazing opportunities for our residents and expand our services. Volunteers serve in remarkably varied capacities; in all areas of our organization. There are always new ways to get involved and engage in this work. While serving here I have been so inspired and humbled to see our volunteers' dedication and the hope they bring to us when they serve: hope that cultural change is possible to end human trafficking, and hope that we can offer the absolute best there is in survivor services for our clients and make a true impact on their restoration.
The Samaritan Women is an incredible organization and they are truly doing the Lord's work. The first time I pulled up to TSW to complete my volunteer training was approximately two years ago. I remember feeling nervous and excited. As I left that day, I cried and realized this was a special place where God's goodness and grace meets darkness and evil. I serve as a tutor and I love going to TSW weekly to experience the joy and love radiating from the staff, volunteers, and residents. I highly recommend TSW if you are looking for a way to plug in and get involved in the Baltimore community. Volunteering there is highly rewarding!
My wife and I have been serving--enthusiastically--as liaison between our church, Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, and The Samaritan Women for about three years. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives, and we are so grateful to Christ for steering us in this direction! We help organize trips for the Samaritan Women to locations around Baltimore and then to lunch. We take them to the annual Severna Park High School Rock and Roll Revival, and recently we took them to our church's production of Godspell. We organize church donations of clothing , household articles, and reading supplies. We recruit additional volunteers to help out at The Samaritan Women as well. We also teach GED courses for the ladies, mine in social studies and my wife's in reading. We are heartened by the enthusiasm and hard work of the ladies with whom it has been our privilege to work. Bill and Beth Hadley
I have been volunteering for about two years now as a driver and tutor on a regular basis. TSW has an incredible staff who are so dedicated and skilled at the work they are doing to restore, educate, and develop a model of care that our nation so desperately needs. The transformation that takes place in these women is an honor to watch. TSW provides an opportunity for healing and redemption rooted in love. It's a hard road to travel for the victims of domestic human trafficking to get out of the life, but God is at work at TSW and miracles happen everyday at this place. I wish everyone had the opportunity to sit across from one of these young women because in her face you will see your sister, your friend, your daughter, and a child of God. Whether you are praying for TSW, donating your time, talent, or treasure, know that this is an organization that walks the walk.
I've volunteered many times with The Samaritan Women, and the staff is always happy and welcoming! It's a great place to learn about the issues of human trafficking.
It's an awesome place full of love! The residents are excited to share their progress with the volunteers and staff. Each phase of the program seems to give new hope.
I always enjoy volunteering at TSW. They are such a great organization and all of the people there love what the do. I am glad they can make a difference in other people's lives and support women in need. The staff and volunteers are always positive and provide a welcoming environment for everyone.
I have worked with this ministry for about 5 years and have seen amazing things happen. There is a wonderful feeling of community and family. Most of the women served continue to be apart of the TSW family even after they leave the program. It's an amazing organization and I feel so blessed to serve there.
The work being done by TSW is incredible. The staff, board and volunteers put their hearts into every task, big or small. It is an honor to be a part of this ministry's work and a humbling experience to see how the lives of these women are changing!
I have been with the Samaritan Women for just under three months and can honestly say that God is here. The work being done for these women is not always easy, as is true for all non-profit work, but seeing the improvements in the lives of the residences is a constant reminder of how good God is and how He always provides when you are doing His work. There is a big whole in helping domestic victims of human trafficking and this is an organization that is trying, in conjunction with other organizations across the US, to fill this hole. This organization is also on the forefront of trying to fight to reduce the number of victims out there. If you are looking to volunteer with, donate to, or just pray for an organization, this is a great organization to pick.
They are judgemental and unkind. They cause pain, not healing
For those who commit themselves to volunteer activity in service to the most needy persons in the human family, there are innumerable options and opportunities. Some provide immediate relief to human needs; some provide long-term healing from trauma. When I retired, I chose to offer my talents and experiences, my passion and my time to The Samaritan Women, an organization dedicated to bringing hope for new life to women victims of complicated traumas resulting from years of domestic sexual trafficking. The Samaritan Women provides a residential environment of care, education, guidance, positive experiences, and spirituality within a home-like residence with family-like responsibilities. Pope Francis has said: "Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, and maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and peoples." Such is the work of this nonprofit organization, supported mainly through individual and corporate or foundation contributions, functioning with a very small staff, and using hundreds of volunteers who are passionate about this ministry. Those who serve these wounded women offer them faith in their human dignity, hope in a future they had not realized they had, and love which they had not previously experienced. As they heal, these women find talents and strengths which will enable them to succeed once they complete their residential program.
I discovered TSW as a volunteer over three years ago and have never looked back. As TSW has so adeptly phrases it, the battle against Human Trafficking is really a battle against modern day slavery. That's the gravity of this issue and TSW isn't afraid to tell it like it is. The maturity of the organization is evident in the scope of their work, which stretches from pioneering policy development and legislative reform, to changing the lives of individuals through their restorative care program. Over the years I have worked with several levels of staff, board member, volunteer and client, I can say with certainty that this institution walks the walk. They do so much with so little, and always with the primary focus of changing people's lives. I look forward to seeing their influence grow, and with it their capacity to effectively fight this modern day slavery.
TSW has opened my eyes to an epidemic that is out of control but no one wants to discuss, human trafficking. It is just too much for most to fathom, including myself several years ago. It wasn't until I met Jeanne and other like-minded people (staff and board) that I realized that this is an issue that is local, and we CAN do something to help. The things that the TSW staff and volunteers do for the women that are in the program is amazing and commendable. TSW provides many ways to enrich and empower the person while moving them towards a place of peace and self-sufficiency. This is an organization worth supporting. This is a cause worth advocating for and discussing. Just imagine for one second that one of these children in slavery is your daughter, granddaughter, sister or niece. That horrified feeling is how the women imprisoned in this practice feel every minute of every day. And many will never know peace.
Lives are saved here. Literally. This is a place of restoration, healing, new beginnings, fresh starts, learning, growing, enjoying, delighting, embracing, accepting, and HARD WORK. A genuine place. An authentic organization, truly seeking healing for women who have been victimized. The approach is holistic and individualized. There is necessary structure, a needed component for this type of work. The staff go above and beyond to meet needs and provide exceptional service. You can see in the residents demeanor, the safety and empowerment they feel here. This place is incredible and I am humbled and grateful to be a small part in this great work.
I love volunteering at TSW. Everyone is loving and giving. And it is always a blessing to see the residence grow right in front of your eyes.
I have never seen such a Wonderful program of restoration of what the locusts have taken.....
I am looking forward to climbing on board to be apart of this Wonderful Program.
My children and I volunteered at TSW last weekend though a community outreach event sponsored by my employer. It was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to teach my boys about giving back. TSW is doing great work to help these women get their lives back.
Excellent service, attention to detail, and love! The Samaritan Women helps women coming out of sex trafficking rebuild their lives, not merely "Shelter" them in their time of need. TSW's whole-woman approach is effective evidenced by their 10.5 month average stay (according to their website). I work with the residents and on the awareness activities and have never seen such dedicated staff committed to producing a family-love environment while addressing each individual's needs.