What We Do
Samaritan House provides assistance to low income families and individuals who reside in northwest Macomb County. Our service area includes the Romeo, Washington Twp., Bruce Twp., Ray Twp., Armada Twp., Village of Armada Macomb Twp., Shelby Township and the city of Utica.
If you 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.
Our Service Area
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. The food is donated, or purchased with donated funds.
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 from 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.
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.
Shelter & Utility Assistance
Shelter Assistance provides financial help to avoid eviction, or for payment of the first month's rent on move in. Utility assistance is designated to help keep water, natural gas, propane gas, heating oil and electrical services in operation.
As an independent Christian organization, Samaritan House is not bound to governmental restrictions regarding miscellaneous assistance. When a client has a need that may not fall within other specified categories, Samaritan House can consider that need. We have been able to assist with water well pumps, structural repairs to dwellings, medical needs, and furnace and water heater repair or replacement. Much of this assistance is given in cooperation with other agencies.
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. This service is available on Saturdays beginning in late January and continuing until the last Saturday before April 15th. Appointments are required. Call or email Samaritan House for details or to make an appointment.
Clothing/Household Item Assistance
Clients may receive Salvation Army shopping vouchers to purchase clothing or household items. Samaritan House has hats, gloves, coats, scarves and socks available in the winter.
This program offers students entering preschool through the twelfth grade, a new age and gender appropriate backpack filled with suitable school supplies, plus a $25 gift card to buy shoes. Families are also given the opportunity to elect to have their child receive a t-shirt or hoodie for school.
Easter and Thanksgiving Holiday Meals
Each client household is given the opportunity to pick up a gift card 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.
Sharing Tree Program
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.
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