Helping Our Neighbors in Need


Wednesday is Spaghetti Night!

Spaghetti
The 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Capital Banquet Center, 12350 31 Mile Rd. in Washington. Join us between 4:00pm and 8:00pm for an all you can eat buffet including spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert with a cash bar.  There will be raffles, music and fun! It's an opportunity for a family night out for a good cause. Tickets are $6 per child age 8 and under, and $20 each for age 9 and up, or 2 for $35. They can be purchased online until Monday, February 9th, at Samaritan House or at the door. All proceeds help our neighbors in need. If you are interested in volunteering to make this fundraiser a success please call Kym at 586-336-9956 or email SHevents@att.net for more information.


Income Tax Preparation
Tax Time

Our free Income Tax Preparation Program begins January 24th and continues through April 11th. Samaritan House, in cooperation with Accounting
Aid Society and VITA (IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program), will offer both Federal and Michigan Income Tax preparation. This is a
free program for individuals with a gross income of $35,000 or less, and families with a gross income of $53,000 or less. This free program at Samaritan House has returned over $1.4 million to this community at no cost to the recipients. Appointments are necessary. Please call 586-336-9956 to make an appointment or for more information.


Samaritan House Celebrates 20 Years of Service

On January 1, 1995, Samaritan House opened its doors to assist low income families. The volunteers had a strong desire to help relieve the food insecurity issues of many persons in the area. Originally, it was five local churches who united in this endeavor: St. John Lutheran, First Congregational, St. Clement of Rome, St. Paul's Episcopal and Romeo United Methodist.

There was little money in a checking account and little food on the shelves to be given away. Imagine the amount of uncertainty each member of the Board of Directors felt at that time. Imagine the emotional tug of war between the desire to be successful and the question of what did I get myself into.

Samaritan House has overcome many hurdles in the past twenty years and we know the continuance of our services is because so many of you felt the same desire to be of assistance to our neighbors and saw the need for a service organization such as Samaritan House in northwest Macomb County. So, we invite you to celebrate this milestone that you helped us reach and look forward to your participation in the events we have planned to mark our 20th Anniversary!


Memories.... Music Note

Samaritan House celebrates 20 years of community service in 2015 and we are looking for your memories! We hope to accumulate a bevy of memories to use throughout 2015, so if you have any photos or stories to share, please send an email to samaritanhouse@sbcglobal.net or call 586-336-9956.


Joyful Heart Cookbook

Joyful Heart Cookbook
The Joyful Heart cookbook, celebrating 20 years of community involvement, volunteerism and of course, food - that's what! This unique cookbook, based on a 1939 Out of Vermont Kitchens cookbook, will showcase the individuality of each chef by asking that each recipe be submitted in their own handwriting and include their sketches and/or comments.


WE NEED YOUR FAVORITE RECIPES!
Recipes, like traditions are best when handed down. Joyful Heart will be sure to keep family favorites right at your fingertips for generations to come.
We're looking for recipes in eight categories: Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Meats, Poultry, Seafood, Vegetables/Sides, Breads/Bakery and Desserts. Recipe kits are available at Samaritan House. Call 586-336-9956 or stop in during pantry hours to pick one up.

Joyful Heart isn't limited to recipes. We are looking for original artwork to complement the recipes. Also, 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.

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:

- Romeo Goodfellows
- Marge Kalkafen
- Stitch Together Quilt Group
- Daisy Troop #74230
- Leonard Kaprzyk
- Phoenix Heating and Cooling
- Linda Lindberg
- Vince & Joe's
- Fifth Third Bank
- The Pantry, Washington
- Meijer
- Romeo Life Skills
- Diane Smiles
- Peace Lutheran, Shelby

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

Valentine's Day

For many of us, this means candy, kisses, cards and maybe a flower or two. Our clients are faced with this month typically being bitterly cold with high heat bills which may go unpaid, and ultimately the worry of the utility being turned off. At Samaritan house we are working to help individuals and families keep the heat and lights on. The prayers and support from our sponsoring churches and community make this ministry of hope possible.

We give our deepest thanks to our community. May your hearts be filled with gladness in the knowledge that you are doing God's work!

Samaritan House Volunteers are Special!

Our heartfelt thanks to the Samaritan House staff of volunteers whose hard work and dedication serve so many. 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