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Don't Miss the Fun at Painting with a Twist!
Michigan in Autumn

Join the fun at the Painting with a Purpose event on Monday, September 22nd! The painting class is from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Shelby Township Painting with a Twist, located at 50336 Schoenherr Road just south of 23 Mile Road. Samaritan House will receive half of the proceeds from the evening! The cost is $35 to create your own version of this Michigan in Autumn painting. There's limited seating so don't wait to sign up! Go to the Painting with a Twist website to sign up. For more information call Painting with a Twist at 586-247-7928, or Gretchen at 586-336-9956 or email Gretchen at SHevents@att.net.

A Fall Family Fun Day is Right Around the Corner!
Harvest Walk
On September 20th, Washington Municipal Park will be the setting for the Samaritan House Harvest Time Hoopla! Sporting a new name and location for our annual fundraising walk, the Harvest Time Hoopla will have something for everyone including silly stops, entertainment, games and giggles.

For those looking for something a bit more on the healthy side, there will also be a 5K walk/run starting from 29 Mile Road on the Macomb Orchard Trail and ending at the Washington Municipal Park. Pledge collections begin at 1:00pm at the park, with the walk beginning at 1:30. There will be a shuttle to take participants from the park to the 29 Mile and Van Dyke trailhead.

Our goal for the Harvest Time Hoopla is to raise $12,000 - enough money to stock the pantry shelves for one month. There is no registration fee to participate, but creation of teams and collection of pledges is encouraged. Pledge envelopes are available from our sponsor churches and at Samaritan House. There will be recognition and a prize for the team that raises the most money!

How can you help?
Create a team and step it up for Samaritan House.
Challenge others to participate.
Be a Silly Stop Sponsor.
Purchase a T-Shirt Sponsorship.
Purchase a Route Sign Sponsorship
(Perfect for family announcements, birthday wishes,
anniversary messages or marriage proposals!)

The fun continues with an Oktoberfest starting at 3pm hosted by the Washington Lions. German food, music and beer will be available. The Washington Lions are strong supporters of Samaritan House, especially the Sharing Tree Program which provides Christmas dinner and gifts to our clients.

Contact Gretchen at SHevents@att.net or 586-336-9956 to be a sponsor, or for more information. View or download the flyer on our Resources page.

Eat Healthy - Be Active Returns for Another Six Weeks!

The Michigan State University Extension program,
Healthy Snack
Eat Healthy - Be Active, is being offered at Samaritan House again this fall! If you weren't able to attend this series of classes during the summer you have another chance! This FREE six week series of classes is designed to help participants:
  • Learn to eat healthy on a budget
  • Increase their physical activity and set goals
  • Discover tips for reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Prepare quick, healthy meals and snacks
  • Enjoy healthy food that tastes great
  • Make healthy eating part of your lifestyle

Join us for a six week series of one hour classes.


Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30pm
September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28

Call Connie to RSVP 586-469-6020
Email kurple@anr.msu.edu

What's Cookin' at Samaritan House?

The Joyful Heart cookbook, celebrating 20 years of community involvement, volunteerism and of course, food - that's what! This unique cookbook, based on the 1939 Out of Vermont Kitchens cookbook, will showcase the individuality of the chefs by asking that each recipe be submitted in their own handwriting and include their sketches and/or comments. WE NEED YOUR FAVORITE RECIPES! Your favorite family recipes can be preserved in a special and unique way in this commemorative cookbook and given as a gift to your children and grandchildren. We're looking for recipes in eight categories: Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Meats, Poultry, Seafood, Vegetables/Sides, Breads/Bakery and Desserts.

For a $7 entry fee, cooks receive the official Joyful Heart Recipe Submission Kit with detailed instructions, special-sized paper and a $5 off coupon to use for ordering a cookbook when completed later in the year. Those interested in submitting a recipe (or recipes) can stop in at Samaritan House during pantry hours or send the entry fee to Joyful Heart, c/o Samaritan House, 62324 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48094. Entries are due by November 4, 2014.

Local businesses will have a chance to sponsor this one-of-a-kind cookbook and have their ad placed on the inside front or back cover, the outside back cover, or on one of the section dividers. We are also looking for cover art for Joyful Heart. Please submit cover art ideas to Samaritan House.

Samaritan House Annual Quilt Raffle

Civil War Tribute

Watch for our 2014 quilts as they travel throughout the summer to area events, libraries, businesses and our sponsor churches! Tickets will be sold wherever the quilts are displayed and can also be purchased at Samaritan House. This year's first prize is a queen-size quilt titled "Civil War Tribute". Second prize is "Area Barns", a quilted wall hanging.

Area Barns

Go T.E.A.M.!

Raffle Prize Basket
Samaritan House is not starting up a softball squad...yet. But we are looking for T.E.A.M.'s when it comes to auction/raffle items: Treats, Entertainment, Activities, Memories is the theme for the 2013-2014 auction/raffle collection. We'll gladly accept any items that would help augment our auctions/raffles. We're also always looking for some BIG TICKET items - Trips, Events, Action and Magical! If you are willing to sponsor a BIG TICKET and/or T.E.A.M. item, or have something you think will be well received, please contact Gretchen at 586-336-9956 or SHevents@att.net.

Our Vision

Samaritan House will be recognized in the community as the Heart and Hands of Christ.

Our Mission

Samaritan House is a community service organization devoted to serving individuals and families within our community by recognizing their needs and mobilizing the means for dealing with those needs so that suffering can be relieved, dignity preserved, and love shared.

Angels Corner
This month we recognize the following for a special effort flowing from a special heart.  This month's Samaritan House Angels are:

- Cathy Reis
- Karen Socia
- Sears Holding
- J T Fuqua
- Mary Ellen Tohning
- Our awesome volunteers!
- Paul Hansen
- Romeo Observer

"Volunteers are not paid...not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless."


Help Wanted!

Samaritan House has a lot of exciting fundraisers planned in 2014 and we are looking for persons willing to work on
various committees:

Auction Item Collections
16th Annual Golf Outing
Quilt Raffle Ticket Sales
Harvest Time Hoopla

For more information, please contact Gretchen at 
or 586-336-9956.

Samaritan House Volunteers are Special!

THANK YOU LOVELY AWESOME VOLUNTEERS for all you do. It is you who keep the doors open and the shelves stocked....and you perform these tasks with a happy heart and a smile on your face! You are Samaritan House, and without you Samaritan House would not be.

To join our wonderful team
of volunteers or for more information, please call
Judy at 586-336-9956.

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Serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Galatians 5:13-14