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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.

It's Time to Get Ready for the Back-to-School Program!

Last year Samaritan House provided backpacks filled with school supplies to 305 area children. We anticipate the need to be great again this year and are preparing about 330 backpacks for our clients' children entering grades K-8th.
In addition to a filled backpack, each child will receive a $20 gift certificate for Payless Shoes.

Samaritan House is now accepting donations for the annual Back-to-School Program. Please drop off donations by August 13th so we have enough time to fill backpacks and be ready to distribute them to children on August 19th, 20th and 22nd.

Back-to-School Program Wish List:

New backpacks                                    Spiral notebooks
Pocket folders                                      Binders, 1 1/2 - 2"
Wide-ruled filler paper                          "Sharpie" type markers
Washable markers                               Regular Markers
Colored pencils                                    Highlighters
White School Glue                               Glue sticks
12" rulers                                              Dictionaries (paperback)
Thesaurus (paperback)                        Watercolor paints
"Stick" erasers                                      Composition books
Pencil tip erasers                                  Hand sanitizer
Pencil boxes                                         Scissors, safety tip
Pens (black, blue & red)                       Scissors, regular

Cash donations are always helpful.       

On behalf of all of the children who are able to start the new school year with some necessary supplies, THANK YOU for your generosity and support.

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