Samaritan gets a makeover,
thanks to two capital improvement grants

   Improvements to the library included window well repair, wall repainting, new carpet installation, woodwork repair, and a new heating/AC unit.

Improvements to the library included window well repair, wall repainting, new carpet installation, woodwork repair, and a new heating/AC unit.

Our members enter our doors for lots of reasons - food, clothing, financial help – but many also come because we’re a place they can turn to, to work on difficult circumstances, to build a support system, and to be part of a community. We want to provide them with a calm and comfortable space in which to do all of those things. That’s why we recently completed some much-needed improvements inside and outside of Samaritan’s space, through grants from The Herbert Bearman Foundation and The Middendorf Foundation.

   Exterior window well covers were installed to prevent flooding.

Exterior window well covers were installed to prevent flooding.

Highlights include installing permanent outside window well covers to prevent flooding during heavy rainstorms, repairing crumbling walls and interior window wells, replacing a broken set of windows, putting in a new mini-split heating and air- conditioning unit, repainting rooms, as well as replacing damaged and soiled carpeting.

“As most people know, we are in the basement of Memorial Episcopal Church. They have been and continue to be tremendously generous to us. As the primary user of this space for many years though, we want to help with it’s upkeep and maintenance. We love the way it all turned out and know it will help our members feel even more comfortable when here,” says Peter Dunn, Director of Community Relations, who oversaw the work. “Of course, we couldn’t have done this without the support of the two foundations. We are deeply grateful.”