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 to Partially Reopen Lobby with Precautions
We believe that our supervisors who interview clients, serve as an important check-in and support system for our families. Through these interviews, we begin the process of assessing each client's circumstances to decide how best to serve them.
Due to COVID-19, our lobby currently is closed, no clients are entering the building, and supervisor interviews of clients temporarily are halted. However, beginning Tuesday, June 2, we plan to partially reopen our lobby, and supervisors will begin interviewing clients. Once again, we will be evaluating the needs of those who seek our help, whether it is food, utility shut-off assistance or shelter assistance.
As we partially reopen the lobby, we will be taking the following precautions:
- Only one client/client family will be allowed in the building at a time, and only AFTER the client has completed a health survey;
- Interviews will take place in the lobby, which is a large room that allows for social distancing between supervisor and client;
- We will be taking the temperature of the client;
- Both the supervisor and the client will be required to wear a mask. If the client doesn’t have a mask, a mask will be provided that client;
- All employees and volunteers in the building will continue to wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing.
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.
You can support our mission of providing food, shelter and utility shut-off assistance to local families impacted by poverty and job loss by clicking the "Make a Donation" button below, or mailing a check made payable to "Samaritan House" at 62324 Van Dyke, Washington MI 48094.
Thank you to the community and our sponsoring churches for the outpouring of support for our mission we have received during this time. We continue to trust God for help and guidance.
What We Are Doing to Combat This Virus
- Disinfecting all surfaces that volunteers and staff come in contact with.
- Advising our volunteers and staff to stay home if they are not feeling well.
- Changing our procedures to allow clients to stay safe in their vehicle.
Important Information for Samaritan House Clients
Out of an abundance of concern for the health and well-being of our clients, volunteers and staff we are implementing some new procedures.
Clients seeking food assistance need to call us (586-336-9956) during business hours. Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
You will be connected with one of our volunteers who will take your food order. You will then be advised of a time to pick up your order. You will remain in your vehicle and volunteers will place your order in your trunk. If you are not feeling well, let us know and we will discuss how we can get groceries to you.
We believe this new procedure will assure the health of all involved, so that we can continue to serve those in our community. We appreciate your patience during this time.
A Note From Our Director
I want to make sure families know that Samaritan House is here to help with food, especially now that schools are closed. We realize the toll this can take on families. If you find yourself needing food during this time please call us. We are here to help.
We will get through this. We have a supportive community and we are here for you.
God Bless, Kathy Wojcik, Executive Director
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:
- Pfizer Foundation
- Consumers Energy Foundation
Please participate in these programs if you are able.
We love to give books to 0ur 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.
Accounting Aid Resumes Tax Preparation Click for details.
The Fashion & Food at the Orchards Event has been cancelled.
Save the Date! Plans for the Annual Golf Outing on July 25, 2020 are going forward.
Family Foundation Grants Help Samaritan House Hunger Relief Efforts During COVID-19
Left to right: Event Coordinator, Tammy Lorts and Director, Kathy Wojcik on home delivery day
Do you, or someone you know, need groceries delivered?
S.T.A.R. Transportation is temporarily closed during the stay-at-home order. If you or someone you know relies on S.T.A.R. Transportation to grocery shop, give us a call at 586-336-9956. We have volunteers that are willing to deliver groceries to those living in our service area. Our May delivery days are Wednesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 27.
This month we recognize the following for a special effort flowing from a special heart. This month's Samaritan House Angels are:
- Joseph & Bertha Corrion Charitable Fund
- Dora & Toos Ondersma Fund
- Four County Community Foundation
- Zoi & Romeo Family Restaurant
- Meijer at 26 Mile & Van Dyke
- All who donated food
- All of our volunteers
- Our dedicated employees - Kathy, Judy, Tammy & Meg
- Volunteers of the Month, Jason & Jen Loebs!
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.
In April, Samaritan House...
- Provided food to 176 families
- Added 37 new families to our client list
- Delivered food to 26 home-bound residents
- $14,700 was spent stock the pantry; funds that went directly back into the community.
- 66 volunteers donated 789 hours of their time to Samaritan House!
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