SERVICES AT SAMARITAN Community
"You gave me a bag of food, and helped me with my rent payment and bus fare to job interviews, as well as assisting me in my job search.
And, most of all, you gave me the love, respect, and hope I needed to succeed!"
Each year, we proudly serve approximately 1,000 individuals and families living in Baltimore City. We believe that "the client is the program". Each person's specific needs determine the services we provide. Our eligibility criteria are nothing more than the vital needs of those who come to Samaritan Community.
Those who initially come to us are first interviewed by our Program Director. Their needs are carefully assessed and a personalized plan is created to establish appropriate support and services for the individual and his/her family.
Services are broken into two main categories: "Crisis Intervention Assistance" and "Empowerment". Our "Crisis Intervention Assistance" Program addresses the acute, immediate needs of our members and includes our food pantry, Clothing Shop, case management services, a computer workroom, and emergency financial assistance. Our "Empowerment" Program helps members with more-complicated, long-term problems and includes individual empowerment counseling, group support, and life enrichment activities.
We work to provide assistance that members cannot easily access elsewhere. But, we also work within a network of established social service programs. We help members learn about their choices and teach them how to obtain additional services for themselves.
"CRISIS INTERVENTION ASSISTANCE"
Many clients initially come to Samaritan Community through our food pantry. We distribute groceries in three-day supplies, or for longer, if necessary. We strive to provide as much fresh and healthy food as possible. We purchase items from The Maryland Food Bank, but also receive generous donations from Giant Supermarkets and Whole Foods Market.
In 2018, we distributed roughly 8,245 bags of groceries across 1,910 visits to our pantry and deliveries of surplus food to other social service organizations. Through our partnership with Whole Foods Market Mt. Washington, we provided more than $200,000 in fresh produce, wholesome breads, dairy, poultry, seafood, and shelf-stable items.
Our pantry is open three days-a-week and one Saturday a month. An appointment is required for our “full” pantry days, where our entire pantry is open. For more information on our pantry and its hours, please call 410-669-1229.
Members also have access to our clothes and household goods "Shop". We provide gently-used household items and clothing (for men, women, children, and infants) free-of-charge. Learn more about donating to our "Shop". In 2018, members accessed our Clothing Shop roughly 1,265 times.
Our "Shop" is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. An appointment is required. To make an appointment, please call 410-669-1229.
Our programming staff work to help members through many types of difficult and often-complicated situations. Our case management services include (but are not limited to): helping members access other social services, obtain necessary documents/licenses, find employment and housing, help navigate the court system, and more. In 2018, members received case management help through approximately 329 sessions.
For more information on our case management services, please call 410-669-1229.
With the guiding principle of serving members in meaningful and impactful ways, this room provides access to a phone, computers, Internet, printer, desks, and more. Members can make phone calls, search for jobs, register for school/job-training programs, complete paperwork for social services, etc. Equally important though is that this room encourages community building as members and volunteers help each other with various projects. In 2018, there were 175 visits to the workroom.
emergency financial assistance
Our mission to provide crisis intervention includes financial assistance. Small stipends to individuals and families often prevent challenges from becoming major crises. Our staff members carefully evaluate circumstances and provide modest financial assistance related to emergencies involving housing, medical care, utilities, transportation, legal help, and employment, and more.
In 2017, we began providing more significant financial assistance through our Farnham-Krieger Endowment Fund.
Individual EMPOWERMENT Counseling
People who are struggling with long-term problems receive support tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. Members receive this service from members of our programming staff.
While most sessions are accounted within Samaritan, they also include phone conversations, visits, and more. We also utilize counseling efforts by functioning within a system of established social service programs, providing education and advocacy to lessen the often-daunting access to public and private agencies. In 2018, we provided about 1,165 sessions of individual empowerment counseling to our members.
Being part of a community often helps our members overcome life's obstacles.
Men and women looking for a supportive community are invited to join. The group meets every Tuesday to share breakfast, and participate in lively discussion about personal issues or those facing society as a whole. Members are encouraged to grow in self-discovery, improve personal relationships, and deepen their role in their community at large. Support group is held after breakfast.
In 2018, there were more than 800 visits to "Breakfast Club."
In 2015, we began two life enrichment activities: “Lunch Bunch”, where members learn about healthy eating on a budget; and “Communication Club”, where members learn to express themselves through the written word.
Fast forward to today, and due to their popularity, we have added five new groups: “Fabric Arts”, “Brain Games”, “Shen Zhen”, “Arts and Crafts”, and “Creative Writing and Poetry”.
Through these groups, members learn a new skill, but more importantly, these groups enable members to build a support among, which is of critical importance.
In 2018, members went to a life enrichment group activity almost 800 times.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SAMARITAN COMMUNITY, PLEASE CONTACT THE MAIN OFFICE:
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