Helping Our Neighbors in Need
"Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you have been taught by God to love each other."
1 Thessalonians 4:9
Samaritan House will be recognized in the community as the Heart and Hands of Christ.
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.
Serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Samaritan House is Open!
Food orders will be taken over the phone. You'll be notified when your order can be picked up, and you will receive pickup directions. Volunteers, wearing gloves and masks will pack your order and bring it to your vehicle. Your order will be loaded into your vehicle for you.
If you are not feeling well, or are not able to pick up a food order, give us a call at (586-336-9956) during business hours and we will discuss how we can get groceries to you.
Friday, 10am- 4pm
Samaritan House will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 25 & Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Help us feed our neighbors by donating online via PayPal! Your donation can be made in memory of or in honor of a family member, friend or other special person or group.
Shopping at Meijer, Kroger or Amazon can turn into cash for Samaritan House!
As a Thrivent Financial member, it's easy for you to help Samaritan House. You can request that Samaritan House be the recipient of Thrivent Choice Dollars
Samaritan House receives matching grants from:
Consumers Energy Foundation
Please participate in these programs if you are able.
We love giving books to our clients' children. Having a book to take home encourages them to keep reading. Please bring books appropriate for children of all ages to Samaritan House.
Call our office during business hours and we will post your item(s) on our bulletin board for those in need of furniture.
"Volunteers are not paid...not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless." ~Unknown
Macomb Homeless Coalition and Lakeshore Legal Aid Are Here to Help!
If you have received a court summons complaint or judgment for unpaid rent after March 1, 2020, help is available through Macomb Homeless Coalition at (586) 213-5757. There is an application that needs to be printed and emailed. If you need help with this, please feel free to call Samaritan House.
Lakeshore Legal Aid is offering FREE legal services in Macomb County. Apply online at michiganlegalhelp.org or call their hotline at 888-783-8190.
Meijer Holiday Simply Give
The holiday Simply Give campaign extends from October 25th through January 2nd. Purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card and Meijer will give a $20 food gift card to Samaritan House. On Double Days, December 1st and December 12th, your $10 donation turns into a $30 food gift card to Samaritan House.
Look for donation cards near the check-out registers at the Meijer Store located at 26 Mile Road and Van Dyke.
Samaritan House Seeks Community Support for Sharing Tree
Even in these uncertain times, we will hold our Christmas Sharing Tree program in 2020, as we have ever year since our founding 25 years ago. This program ensures that low-income families in Northwestern Macomb County have gifts under the tree every Christmas. We ask for your support to make it happen!
Due to COVID-19, both volunteers and clients will follow strict safety protocols in 2020, including no in-person interviews of clients. Eligible clients have received an application by mail and will return it or mail it to Samaritan House. St. John Lutheran, our distribution site, has implemented safety protocols for its premises, including no food onsite and masks and gloves to be worn at all times. Samaritan House will strictly limit volunteer/client interaction when clients pick up their gifts, and volunteers will wear masks and gloves, while clients will wear masks. Our top priority is keeping everyone safe!
You can support Sharing Tree! Tags will be available at many of our sponsoring churches beginning Nov. 11th. Consider taking a tag and buying a gift, and then returning the gift, wrapped, to the church by Dec. 6th.
To give online, visit www.samaritanhousemichigan.org When you donate, add a note that the gift is for "Sharing Tree." Or you can make a check payable to Samaritan House and send it to us at 62324 Van Dyke, Washington, MI 48094 and note "Sharing Tree." Thank you for continuing to make Christmas possible for so many! We would also like to thank Four County Community Foundation for its ongoing support of Sharing Tree.
Gifts will be distributed to clients December 11th and 12th.
Thank You Volunteers!
We salute the true hearts and hands of Samaritan House - our volunteers. With only four part-time employees, the incredible work accomplished here for our brothers and sisters is done because of the kindness and love from 90 plus volunteers that give of their time every month.
From putting out loaves of bread and meeting with clients, to stocking the shelves, sweeping the floors and fixing the doors, our volunteers are the BEST! Bless you!
To join our wonderful team of volunteers or for more information, please call Judy at 586-336-9956.
Because of COVID-19, many of our volunteers with preexisting conditions have not returned to volunteer. We are in need of volunteers, especially at the reception desk and supervisors to interview clients. Commitment to volunteer is once per week for a four-hour shift.
We also need help on the fourth Wednesday of each month to unload food shipments that we receive from Macomb Food Program. Deliveries take place at 9:15 a.m. There are 150 boxes to unload, and each box weighs approximately 30 lbs.
If you have a heart for helping others in our, please call Judy at (586) 336-9956. Please note: Each shift of volunteers must complete a health survey and wear a mask at all times.
This month we recognize the following for a special effort flowing from a special heart. This month's Samaritan House Angels are:
- Volunteer of the Month, Mark
- Grace Lutheran, Romeo
Thanks to Mark, our volunteer of the month!
Mark has been volunteering at Samaritan House for the past fourteen months. He had recently retired and was going, as he put it, "stir-crazy". He wanted to give back. He had heard good things about Samaritan House and came in on a Tuesday to interview and, by Friday, was working in the pantry.
"There are a lot of good people here," he commented. "I've made friends."
Mark especially enjoys filling orders for Homebound Delivery together with Jen, another volunteer. "I feel for these people," he said. "Life is hard enough without being able to get out to the store. I feel like whatever I can do to help is meaningful."
Most of all, Mark describes his experience volunteering at Samaritan House as "fulfilling".
"I feel fulfilled every time I leave," said Mark. "I feel like I've done something worthwhile every time my shift is over."
Thanks to Grace Lutheran, Romeo, for holding a food drive for us and delivering a truckload and two carloads of food to Samaritan House!
In October, Samaritan House...
provided food and essential items to 52 families.
spent $6,200 on food to stock our pantry to feed our clients.
spent $504 for essential items like shampoo, toothpaste and laundry detergent for our clients.
22 volunteers donated a total of 418 hours to our mission.
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