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!
After serving with The Samaritan Women for a little more than a year, I've realized that their affect is deep as well as wide. They achieve great depth in the restoration offered to the women they serve, all the while reaching thousands with training, education, and general awareness about the issue of domestic sex trafficking. This organization stands out as a leader in the field, yet remains humble and eager to learn from others. It’s been a pleasure to work with the staff, volunteers, and clients alike.
I volunteered with The Samaritan Women in 2012 and was immediately instilled with a desire to help further this organization's mission. They compassionately and responsibly care for the residents in their shelter program, engage the community in volunteer projects, and have mobilized thousands through their awareness campaigns. The Samaritan Women also houses the newly established Institute for Shelter Care, which conducts much-needed research surrounding shelter services for survivors of human trafficking. This is a truly incredible organization that refuses to leave the vulnerable behind.
As a long time volunteer on short-term projects from 2008-2015, I made a long-term commitment to come on board as Volunteer Staff of The Samaritan Women in 2016. The short term projects had fit in and around my work as a President of a local IT company, but now, retired, I had more time and opportunity to apply any skills gained in private industry for this non-profit. it wasn't immediately clear to me how my experience running an IT education and training company could possibly help a shelter for women trafficking victims. I was willing to explore opportunities over the next 9 months while serving in a variety of roles. Eventually The Samaritan Women and I became quite clear that for the residents of this group home to graduate from the therapeutic and life skills program, they would need robust education and vocational skills to re/integrate into the community. Suddenly 27 years in education and training became very useful. I found this charity very open and willing to learn from my private industry experience. I learned the difficulties of working with nonexistent budgets. How does one start a vocational training program with no money? How does one purchase the necessary equipment or hire the management team with no monies? I faced all of these challenges and more. With complete financial transparency and certification from the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability (ECFA), I felt confident that this non profit had the correct leadership in place to launch a Vocational Training enterprise. In the Fall of 2017, The Samaritan Women successfully launched a Bakery. This Bakery gainfully employs our resident interns, paying them, and providing them in-demand job skills, which will ease their re/integration into any community. I appreciate the opportunity to serve this organization in my retirement.
The Samaritan Wome is a place where women who have been rescued from human trafficking find hope and healing in a safe loving environment.It is a Christian organization that helps women further their education, heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have had the privilege of volunteering with this organization for almost 9 years. The staff, volunteers and board of directors are constantly seeking ways to learn and grow themselves and the ministry.
Oh my! The life-saving, transformational work being done there is utterly amazing, great, and glorious! I have personally been involved in two retreats there! The women, the work, the WOW of those Samaritan Women! Seeing God bless the broken in a miraculous and magnificent fashion leaves you affected! I LOVE the hard work they do every day! The system they have in place is most effective! I have been following this group since 2007, and they keep getting better and better!
I've been involved with The Samaritan Women for approximately two years, and it has been an amazing experience to work with people who are so strongly committed to serving those who have been the victims of human trafficking. Their leadership is focused on serving at every step a need exists, from advocacy, through awareness, and recovery and restoration! I especially want to point out the long-term and tireless impact Jeanne Allert has made--her leadership is unfailing, her passion for the needs of others is unwavering, and her boldness to stand against the predators is undaunted!
Excellent staff with institutional knowledge of the best ways to support women who have been trafficked and sexually exploited. Staff and volunteers are kind and caring, and residents have so many wonderful opportunities to lead a supported life actively seeking Christ and discovering their true potential.
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.
I have been volunteering at The Samaritan Women since 2009. The work that is being done here is amazing. The staff is excellent and the care the residents receive is 2nd to none.
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.
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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.