Community Appreciation Event

Thanks so much to all our friends – supporters, volunteers, elected officials, alumni, and staff – who made our “40th Anniversary Community Appreciation Event” such a tremendous success. Over 250 members of the “Samaritan House Family” turned out for fun, food and festivities at the Elks Lodge.

Co-chairs extraordinaire, Pam Frisella and Suzanne Taylor, really outdid themselves on this party.

State Senator Jerry Hill was eloquent, nostalgic and prophetic as he reviewed where we have been and where we are going.

Everyone enjoyed seeing former Executive Director, John Kelly.

Old friends met new friends.

We are Samaritan House, we are a community, and we are truly the great heart of a great community!

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Community Appreciation Event
Celebrating 40 years of Neighbor helping Neighbor

Day/Time:      Friday, October 17th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Location:        San Mateo Elks Lodge,  229 W 20th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
Tickets:           $15 early bird, $20 after Oct. 1st

Get your tickets today!


To purchase your tickets by phone, call 650-523-0809

Samaritan House invites friends and volunteers to reunite and reconnect. Join us in recognizing the many volunteers who have donated hundreds of thousands of hours to serving those most in need in our community.

Learn more about our programs from our dedicated staff and sign-up early for Holiday Program volunteer opportunities. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and desserts and play Samaritan House Bingo for a chance to win an iPad mini!!

Not a fundraiser, just food, friends and fun!

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.



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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Main Event 2014 – Saturday, May 3rd – Burlingame Marriott Waterfront Hotel


Samaritan House invites you to join us for an evening of dinner, live auction, and dancing with swing music from the 3 O’Clock Jump Big Band as we celebrate Samaritan House’s 40th Anniversary at this year’s Main Event.

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm dinner

Location: San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in Burlingame

With Master of Ceremonies Susan Manheimer, San Mateo’s Chief of Police, we will have fun while raising the funds needed to support Samaritan House’s financial empowerment classes & counseling services.

Click here for more information & to purchase tickets for the event.

We thank our generous event sponsors

Alaska Airlines

James and Tish Busselle

Boston Private Bank & Trust

The Bohannon Foundation

Nisha and Amir Chaudry

Richard and Anita Davis

William and Beth Freeman

Patty Hsiu and William Stein

Mills-Peninsula Health Services

Denise Mulle

Peninsula Health Care District

Pacific Gas & Electric

Sequoia Hospital

Southwest Airlines

Vector Labs, Inc.

Vocker Kristofferson

Thank you to this year’s honorary committee

Co-Chairs Joan Cassman and Robert Grassilli

Mark and Janet Abelson

Jennifer and Todd Barrett

Jane and Jeffrey Boyarsky

Maude and Phil Brezinski

Lucretia-del Broussard

Jim and Julie Borden

Cathy and Thomas Brown

Suzy and Jeff Cantor

Tom Huening – John Kelly Biographer

John Kelly

Ally Nuschy Lenat and Rick Lenat

Mollie and Joe Marshall

Brian Perkins

Michael and Mary Ann Pietro

Dr. William and Florette Schwartz

Jay and Joyce Strauss

Beverly and Andy Stern

Jason and YoonSung Ting

Jim and Lia Whitehead


Notice to clients & volunteers of new space for dining room


Please Note: Beginning November 12, 2013, Samaritan House’s Dining Room will relocate from Westside Church of Christ in San Mateo to a new, temporary location at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 725 Monte Diablo Avenue.

• Last day of dinner services at Westside Church will be Friday, November 8th

• Dinners will be served from the King Center until further notice

• Meals served from the new location will be wrapped, to-go meals rather than sit-down dinners

• Volunteers will be asked to come to our Samaritan House kitchen between 3-3:30pm each day to help with meal preparation as well as help distribute at the King Center between 5 and 6pm

We will continue to keep clients and volunteers informed about our location for the dining room after January. Questions or concerns: please contact Samaritan House at 650-341-4081. Thank you for your understanding and support!