Welcome to Samaritan House

Since 1974, Samaritan House has been serving low-income families and individuals in San Mateo County. Our services are designed to meet the immediate and basic needs of our clients for food, clothing, shelter, health care, worker resources, and counseling services.

With the help of thousands of volunteers and donors every year, Samaritan House helps meet the basic daily needs of more than 12,000 individuals in our community. All of our services and programs are designed to provide quality resources and effective evaluation to our clients in order to help them become more stable and secure in our community.

Our Mission is to mobilize the resources of our community to help those among us who are in need, while preserving dignity, promoting self-sufficiency, and providing hope.

2014 Backpack Drive and Distribution


This year’s backpack drive was a huge success! We collected more than 500 backpacks for our littlest clients in need, which we handed out during two distribution events. As our CEO, Bart Charlow, said: “They’ll all start with some bright new backpacks and school supplies. We want every child to start the year with dignity.”  Click to read more abut our drive in Monday’s Daily Journal.

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Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who helped set up and distribute the backpacks. We couldn’t have done it without you! A big thank you also to the incredible donors who made it all possible:

Mitchell Alandt, Angela Broxterman, Greg Bussey, Central Peninsula Church – Foster City High School Ministry, Church of Christ San Mateo, Abby and Heather Damelio, Jacquie DeMartini, Helena Dummler, Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, Megan Klein, Diana E. Mongini, Karen Moses, Sue Moses, National Charities League, PwC, Susan Raye, Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club, Stephanie Rush, San Mateo AAA, Sears Apparel, A.J. Vollmer, WageWorks, WebDAM, Western Hills Church, Richard Wong

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