Helping Our Neighbors in Need
Samaritan House Update
Samaritan House is delaying our reopening until Tuesday, November 3rd. This extra time will allow all of our staff and volunteers to be tested, and quarantined if necessary. The safety and heath of our staff, volunteers and clients is our top priority. Please keep us in your prayers. A big thank you to our wonderful community.
God Bless, Kathy Wojcik, Executive Director
"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 Has Open Doors for Clients!
For our clients who are elderly or disabled and used STAR Transportation to visit Samaritan House, good news: STAR Transportation has resumed operations! Also, our lobby is now open with chairs placed to maintain social distancing. Clients, and Samaritan House volunteers and employees, are wearing masks at all times. Prior to clients entering the building, we are checking their temperatures and performing a health screen. So come in and see us if you live in Northwestern Macomb County and are in need of food assistance! Our hours of operation are Tues, 10-6; Wed, 10-6; and Fri, 10-4, and Samaritan House is located at 62324 Van Dyke, Washington, 48094. We are here to help!
We understand that some of our clients are at higher risk from COVID-19 and may not be comfortable with these arrangements. For these clients, we are making alternative arrangements to provide them with assistance. Also, if you are not feeling well, 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
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.
Yes, we will be holding our annual Thanksgiving Drive --and you can help! We anticipate serving 150 families in Northwestern Macomb County with what they need for Thanksgiving dinner.
Please consider purchasing items listed above and returning them to Samaritan House, no later than Nov. 6. For your convenience, we also have placed drop-off bins for non-perishable items at the back of our building.
As part of Samaritan House's Thanksgiving Drive, we seek $25 gift card donations to Meijer, Kroger or Sheena's Marketplace, so that families can purchase a meat of their choice. These gift cards are also due no later than Nov. 6. Thanks to the community for continuing to make our Thanksgiving Drive a success on behalf of local families in need!
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, Heather
- Trinity Lutheran Church, Richmond
Thanks to Heather, our volunteer of the month!
Heather has volunteered for Samaritan House for the past year and a half, and she has made the pantry brighter with her presence. We will miss her. Oct. 6th was her last day volunteering for Samaritan House. We value all that she has given us!
When asked what she got out of volunteering at Samaritan House, Heather said, "I feel blessed that I was able to give back and help those in need. It's good for the soul."
Thanks to Trinity Lutheran Church, Richmond, and its ongoing children's bike ministry for donating 14 lovingly-rehabbed children's bikes to the children of Samaritan House families!
In September, Samaritan House...
Provided food to 131 families
Delivered food to 26 home-bound clients
Spent $2,126.12 to assist two families with utilities.
We spent $10,661.54 on food to stock our pantry to feed our clients.
We spent $852 for essential items like shampoo, toothpaste and laundry detergent.
55 volunteers donated a total of 853 hours to our mission.
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