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Eat Healthy - Be Active

The Michigan State University Extension program, Eat Healthy - Be Active will be offered at Samaritan House this summer! 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.

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm or 3:00-4:00pm
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6

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

Visit our Resources page to view or download the flyer.

Sewing the Seeds of Love
fruit and vegetable basket

AmpleHarvest.org Campaign
Samaritan House is a registered food pantry at AmpleHarvest.org.
As you know hunger is an ongoing problem in our community. AmpleHarvest.org is a nationwide network enabling backyard gardeners to find local food pantries where they can donate their excess homegrown foods. You can help your neighbors by reaching into your backyard and sharing the "fruits of your labor" with our community. Samaritan House accepts donations Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00-6:00, and Friday, 10:00-4:00. Many of our clients learn how to prepare and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables because of your homegrown donations. Thank you.

DTE Energy Garden
For several years, Samaritan House has been one of the recipients of the vegetables grown at our local DTE Energy Garden at 12700 30 Mile Road (east of the expressway). Thanks to DTE Energy and many volunteers this community project offers a means for neighbors to help neighbors. Mondays, 4-7pm, are the regularly scheduled day and time for all to come together and tend the garden. However, you are welcome to participate any day by pulling weeds, watering or harvesting. This is a great summer activity for families with kids. Additional information can be obtained by calling the DTE Energy Gardens Project Coordinator at 313-923-3535.

Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH
The Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service program that provides seniors with fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables with the goal of expanding the awareness, use of, and sales at farmers markets. At the national level, this program is called the "Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program". In Michigan, this program is administered by the Office of Services to the Aging and is called "Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH". Eligible seniors receive coupons worth $2.00 each day that they can spend with any vendor and/or farmers market that has a contract to accept the coupons for fresh Michigan grown produce. For more information about the Market FRESH program, please visit www.michigan.gov/marketfresh. Macomb County information is available at 586-469-5228, Mon-Fri, 8:30-5:00.

(Information is taken from the Michigan Farmers Market Association website.)

What's Cookin' at Samaritan House?

The Joyful Heart cookbook, celebrating 20 years of community involvement, volunteerism and of course, food - that's what! Samaritan House is looking for your family recipes to include in this commemorative cookbook. We're looking for recipes in eight categories: Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Meats, Poultry, Seafood, Vegetables/Sides, Breads/Bakery and Desserts. This unique cookbook, based on a 1939 Out of Vermont Kitchens cookbook, will showcase the individuality of the chefs by asking each recipe be submitted in their own handwriting.

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 feel free to submit cover art ideas to Samaritan House.

Golf Season is Here!
golf club and ball on the tee

That means it's time to get your tickets for the 16th Annual Samaritan House Golf Outing at Heather Hills before they once again sell out! Golf outing tickets are $110 and include 18 holes of golf w/cart, breakfast, lunch on the turn, buffet dinner, contests on the course and a refined raffle. This is our biggest fundraising event of the year and your involvement will help feed hundreds. We are looking for golfers, volunteers, donors and sponsors.

We have established four sponsorship levels:

Bronze Sponsors, $150-$499
Consider making a Bronze Sponsorship in memory or honor of someone. Your message will be posted at one of the 18 tees. Your name will be listed as a contributor in the Romeo Observer and in our event program.

Silver Sponsors, $500-$999
Your name will be beautifully captured on a plaque that you can display, as well as on a sign posted at one of the 18 tees. Your name will be listed as a contributor in the Romeo Observer and in our event program.

Gold Sponsors, $1,000-$1,499 (includes 2 golf tickets)
Your name will be beautifully captured on a plaque that you can display, as well as on a sign posted at one of the 18 tees. Your name will be listed as a contributor in the Romeo Observer and in our event program.

Platinum Sponsors, $1,500 (includes 4 golf tickets)
Your name will be beautifully captured on a plaque that you can display, as well as on a sign posted at one of the 18 tees. Your name will be listed as a contributor in the Romeo Observer and in our event program.

If you are interested in golfing, being a sponsor, involved as a volunteer, or have items to donate, please contact Gretchen at 586-336-9956 or SHevents@att.net.

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.!
Auction 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:

- Richard & Carol Tapper
- Kathy Socia & co-workers at Sears Holding
- Vince & Joe's Market
- Dave & Kathy Wojcik
- Shelby Nursing Center
- Romeo High School
- Shelby Twp. Area Optimist Club
- Janice Ross
- Pelton Glover Dental
- Boy Scout Troop 256, Washington

"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