about samaritan community


our mission

The Samaritan Community provides assistance to meet the needs of individuals and families living in crisis, who wish to improve their lives. Our program is rooted in respect, hope, and healing. 

IN 2015, WE...

  • Addressed food insecurity by providing more than $150,000 in fresh and healthy foods in more than 7,000 bags distributed through our food pantry.  

  • Provided 1,040 hours of long-term counseling and 213 hours of group support, empowering individuals to address challenges and ultimately make tough decisions to achieve a better life.

  • Furnished quality clothing and household items in 588 visits to our "Clothing Shop"

  • Distributed $26,843 in emergency financial stipends to avert crises related to housing, utilities, medical care, legal help, employment, and more.

our philosophy

Food insecurity often leads most members to our doors, but once they enter they stay to be treated with the dignity and care that leads to physical and emotional healing. We offer opportunities to build and maintain more stable lives for those who are struggling with both short and long-term challenges. 

our history

More than 30 years ago, The Rev. F. Lyman Farnham asked his congregant, Sharon Krieger, to establish and run a counseling program for those who came to the food pantry, located in the basement of Memorial Episcopal Church in the Bolton Hill section of Baltimore. Led by Ms. Krieger as Program Director ever since, this outreach has become Samaritan Community, an independent full-service crisis intervention and counseling program. Learn more about the
Farnham-Krieger Endowment Fund, in honor of our founders. 

In 1994, we became a stand-alone, non-denominational, non-profit 501c(3) organization. Over the years, additional services were added to meet the growing needs of our members. These services include a food pantry, clothing and household goods 'shop', and individual and group counseling. 

In 1997, a former Bolton Hill resident donated a vacant house to Samaritan Community. After major repairs and renovations to the residence, Samaritan entered into an agreement with the Episcopal Housing Corporation to establish and manage this new home as an Oxford House, now a residence for men recovering from substance abuse. 

who we are today

Today, we continue to be a small organization with a BIG impact, adding staff but still relying on the dedication of our 45 volunteers. Still located in the basement of Memorial Episcopal Church, we are an independent, full-service crisis intervention assistance and counseling organization, proudly serving those simply struggling to survive, the working poor living on the edge, and the middle-class caught in economic turmoil, crisis, or tragedy. Our eligibility criteria are nothing more than the vital needs of the families and individuals who come through our doors. 

Through the continued leadership of Ms. Krieger as Program Director, our dedicated Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers, we proudly serve approximately 1,100 members annually. We believe "the member is the program". Each one's specific needs determine the services we provide, including (but not limited to):