Ken needs a home and help with addiction. Margaret, grieving her motherís death, needs a home and a job. A handout isnít enough; they need a hand up. Samaritan Ministry works with homeless, unemployed, or hurting neighbors to transform their own lives. At five locations, caseworkers coach participants to take small, manageable next steps toward their life goals. In home-like environments with telephones, computers, and high-speed internet, volunteers provide computer training, resume writing, and tutoring. Basic necessities like personal hygiene items, food, interview attire, email addresses, phone numbers, and Metro cards are provided. Intensive, personal training transforms unemployed individuals into job- ready employees. Samaritan Ministry aids anyone in need, regardless of religious affiliation. Last year, more than 300 volunteers gave 15,731 hours to support over 1,800 people taking their next step. You can be part of the journey.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 4

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; Anacostia; Barry Farms; Congress Heights; Knox Hill; NoMA; Petworth; Sixteenth Street Heights; Washington Highlands

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: All; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; ; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:   13,603
  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   2,264 in 2016
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:  
    269 people volunteered with us in 2016 for a total of 13,603 hours

Awards & Recognition

UPO Martin Luther King, Jr. - H. R. Barney Ross Memorial Award, January 2006 (STRIVE DC)


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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