Ken needed a home and help with addiction. Margaret, grieving her mother’s death, needed a home and a job. A hand out wasn’t enough; both needed a hand up. Samaritan Ministry helps neighbors who are homeless, unemployed, or hurting, to transform their lives. Through the Next Step program, caseworkers coach participants to take small, manageable steps toward their life goals. At three service centers in Greater Washington, they meet with their caseworkers in a supportive home-like environment complete with telephones, computers, and high-speed internet. Volunteers provide basic necessities: personal hygiene items, food, interview attire, email address, phone number, DC identification, and Metro card. Support services – such as computer training and resume writing – make some steps easier. Retreats and support groups encourage those living with HIV/AIDS, while a burial assistance program supports grieving families. Samaritan Ministry aids anyone in need -- regardless of religious affiliation. Last year, over 4,000 volunteers helped over 1,100 people take their Next Step. You can be part of their journey.