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.

Samaritan House Benefits Children

Did you know Samaritan House has programs dedicated exclusively to children? It’s true! Federal data revealed that 1 in 5 U. S. children currently need food stamps to eat. With the help of our supporters, volunteers and donors we can provide programs that give food, clothing, school supplies, books, toys and values education as well.

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 Kids Closet At our Kids Closet families can “shop” for their children for free! Our registered families obtain monthly clothing vouchers from the client services department. They use those vouchers to shop in our Kids Closet and pick out their own new and gently used clothes. We always need donations of boys for all ages and books.

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Summer Lunches Samaritan House prepares over 19,000 lunches each summer for children who normally qualify for free lunches at school. We also provide after-school snacks all year at community centers for these same children.

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Backpack Giveaway We collect backpacks and school supplies each summer during our Back-to-School Drive. Client families, who wish to receive free backpacks and school supplies, sign up through our client services department. Like the Kids Closet, just about everyone donates to make this possible.

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Holiday Toys From Thanksgiving through Christmas, we collect toys, books and warm clothing to give (along with holiday food). Client families register though our client services department. The whole community gets in on the fun of donating and delivering.

IMG_0427Wee Care Wee Care teaches thousands of students about the importance of giving. Parents and teachers, with the help of Samaritan House staff, teach children about the needs in our community and assist them in organizing food, clothing and toy drives. All donations are distributed to Samaritan House clients through our programs. This is hands-on values education and the kids love doing it!


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