Our Services

Samaritan House provides assistance to low income families and individuals who reside within our service areaThe area served by Samaritan House includes the Villages of Romeo and Armada, Townships of Ray, Bruce, Armada and Washington, and both Shelby and Macomb Townships north of 23 Mile Rd.  If you live within our service area and would like to learn more about our programs and for what assistance you may qualify, please contact Samaritan House.  As Samaritan House is not open 7 days a week, phone messages may be left on the answering machine at any time, and they will be addressed as soon as possible.

Food Distribution
Food Pantry
The main purpose of Samaritan House is to provide emergency food for those in need.  A pantry food order is designed to feed all members of the household three meals a day for 10-14 days.  During our 2016 fiscal year, the Samaritan House provided food to 4,984 individuals! This food is donated or purchased with donated funds.

Focus Hope
Samaritan House is a distribution center for Focus Hope. As such, we deliver Focus Hope food orders to qualified seniors who live in our service area. Seniors can receive assistance at Samaritan House to determine their eligibility and to apply for Focus Hope food assistance through the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Commodities
Samaritan House is also a distribution center for Macomb County Community Services Agency (MCCSA). MCCSA provides emergency food through their Macomb Food Program. The criteria to access the Macomb Food Program requires only that a person be a Macomb County resident and have an emergency need for food. The person in need of emergency food must call United Way information/referral 2-1-1 (or 1-800-552-1183). Once approved, arrangements can be made to receive commodity food orders through Samaritan House for those residing in our service area.


Other Assistance
Hot Water Heater
As an independent Christian organization, Samaritan House is not bound to governmental restrictions.  When a client has a need that may not fall within other specified boundaries, Samaritan House can consider that need.  In the past, Samaritan House has been able to assist with water well pumps, structural repairs to dwellings, medical needs, and furnace and water heater replacement.  Much of this assistance was given in cooperation with other agencies.  This program assisted 20 people during the 2014 fiscal year at a cost of $1,421.


Easter and Thanksgiving Holiday Meals

Holiday Dinner
Each client household is afforded the opportunity to pick up a $15 gift certificate for the meat of their choice and a box of food specially packed to supply the items needed for a traditional Easter dinner in the spring and a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in November.  In the 2016 fiscal year, 198 families participated in the Easter program and 229 families received food for Thanksgiving Dinner.


Clothing/Household Item Assistance

Those in need of clothing or household items may receive Salvation Army shopping vouchers to use to purchase the needed items.
Shelter & Utility Assistance
House
Shelter Assistance provides financial help to avoid eviction, or for payment of the first month's rent on move in.  During our 2016 fiscal year, 9 families received assistance through this program.
Utility assistance is designated to help keep water, natural gas, propane gas, heating oil and electrical services in operation. During the 2016 fiscal year, 21 households benefited from this program.


Free Tax Preparation Program
Samaritan House partners with the Accounting Aid Society to prepare State and Federal Income Tax forms with no charge to the client.  The maximum income guidelines for 2015, to be eligible for this service, were $35,000 gross for an individual and $54,000 for a family.  In 2016, more than 224 people came to Samaritan House to have their 2015 tax forms prepared.  Samaritan House has offered this program for nine years.  During that time $2,023,291 has been returned to local residents.


Back-to-School Backpacks
Backpacks
This program offers students entering preschool through the twelfth grade, a new age and gender appropriate backpack filled with suitable school supplies plus a $20 Payless Shoes gift card. In August 2016, 211 backpacks valued at $8,053, were distributed to students.

Jeans valued at $5000 were given to students in August 2016 through our new Back-to-School Denim program which works like the Sharing Tree program. Tags with age, size and gender are chosen by community members who purchase and donate jeans fitting the request.


Sharing Tree Program

Christmas Tree with gifts under it
This program is designed to ensure that every member of each participating household has gifts under their tree on Christmas morning and the makings of a traditional holiday dinner.  In October, program volunteers meet with clients to complete their individualized wish list. Tags are created for each individual describing his/her wishes. The tags are then distributed to our sponsoring churches, local businesses, libraries and other organizations.  The generous people of our communities select tags and fulfill the wishes.

The 2015 Sharing Tree program benefited 243 families and 13 nursing homes. Romeo Goodfellows, in partnership with Samaritan House, provided gift cards valued at $21,000. 316 volunteers worked a total of 1,485 hours to make this program a success. A huge thank you to Goodfellows and all of our wonderful volunteers!