The League of New Samaritans Presents: Summer School at the Office!

Exciting News!

Samaritan House is starting a fun, new initiative for 21 – 40’somethings young professionals called, The League of New Samaritans! Our mission is to activate the next generation by fostering foster social altruism, providing a high-impact network and engaging social opportunities for members as well as support and hope for our San Mateo County neighbors in need.

We would LOVE you to join us at our first official event tomorrow!

Come relive your youthful glory days and indulge your inner child while networking with local young professionals and helping San Mateo County kids in need! Bringing friends/colleagues is encouraged!


  • Tickets: $20 – includes food and one drink ticket
  • Earn extra credit if you bring backpacks, school supplies and/or $15 Payless gift cards – you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Office
  • All donations benefit Samaritan House’s Back-to- School program and help kids in need.

LOCATION: The Office, 1748 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

DATE: Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-8 pm


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One Request: simply tell your story.

Support Samaritan House in a HUGE way by doing one thing. 

Simply tell your story.

Telling your personal friends and your community about your real life experiences creates a powerful bond. Whether you tell them over dinner or through a social media platform, it can inspire and transform the lives of many of your friends, families and local community members. 
Your stories can motivate your neighbors to get out, volunteer and give back to their community.
Your stories can reassure folks who need help but might be scared or maybe just didn’t know where or how to access the vast variety of services we offer.
Your stories give such a unique perspective, they can motivate everyone, and help the community to understand the huge variety of ways we help to make our community a better place to live for everyone.
Board Members:
Your stories will help to convey the many different ways we work to make San Mateo County a better, more healthy place to live for everyone.
Writing about your experience with Samaritan House is the best way to spread the word. It is a simple act of service that can reach and embolden hundreds of people through our own community. Speaking your truth, in and open and honest way is one of the best and quickest ways to truly transom lives. 
Once you’ve written about your experienced, please SHARE IT EVERYWHERE!

Share your  your stories with our staff! 

Share your stories with your friends!

Share it on our Social Media Pages!

Your writing could be featured on our website and appear as part of our “Community Connections” series. We would absolutely LOVE to hear about what our community has to say. If you’d like us to promote your experience for you, email it to

DO NOT FORGET TO TAG AND CONNECT WITH US on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts!

We can not wait to hear from you!

AOL Lends a Helping Hand in Transforming Our Community!

IMG_4377THANK YOU to the wonderful team from #AOL who did an amazing job clearing out the San Mateo Clinic, getting it ready for the installation of our new Food Pharmacy. Our friends at @AOL worked really really hard, cleaning both inside and outand even helping with the IMG_4268garden. We are so impressed with your efforts and the transformation you made all in one day. Your work willhelp many people live happier and heather lives. 
Samaritan House is constantly exploring new ways to keep our clients strong, healthy, and on the right path to self sufficiency. Managing diabetes can be difficult for patients with very low incomes.  A healthy lifestyle with nutrient-dense foods can even help to slow the disease’s. Our Food Pharmacies are IMG_3983just one more way we are striving to give our clients everything they need to succeed!
The Food Pharmacy will assist our diabetic patients to manage their illness through diet as well as other therapies. Patients fill their prescriptions for free at an on-site food pantry. The groceries are provided by the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the project receives funding from the Sequoia Healthcare District. For now, clients are IMG_4371encouraged to visit the food pharmacy twice per month, and take enough food each time to feed their entire family for three or four days.

The American Diabetes Association recommends diabetics eat more vegetables, fruit, and IMG_4369lean proteins, and choose whole-grain foods over those made with refined grains or flours. The organization also recommends avoiding excess salt, high calorie snack foods and foods high in saturated or trans fats.


Both of Samaritan House’s clinics, the Redwood City Clinic and the San Mateo Free Clinic, serves patients who are uninsured. To become a client, phone (650) 839-1447 or visit

Thank You Appelblom Jewelry Co!

Last night was the wonderful Bubbles & Baubles Event at Appelblom Jewelry Co! Appelblom Jewelry Co generously hosted an exclusive champagne and jewelry party, which served as of one Samaritan House’s Pay-to-Plays at this year’s Main Event. The evening sparkeled as guests had a blast as they indulged in delectable bubbles and explored in search of the perfect gem. During this exclusive event, Appelblom Jewelry Co generously raffled a $300 gift certificate AND a beautiful piece of antique jewelry! In addition, Appelblom gave each guest a 25% discount card from Appelblom Jewelry Co. as well as a surprise gift!

Appelblom Jewelry Co is San Mateo’s premier jeweler of custom, vintage, fine gold and diamonds. They offer a wide range of unique, antique and handmade pieces. Visit to learn more!

Thank you, Appelblom, for supporting Samaritan House and the Main Event!




Congratulations, Silicon Valley!

You’d be surprised what a difference 24 hours can make! Yesterday was Silicon Valley Gives Day (SV Gives) – a regional, online day of giving hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The aim is to inspire and unite our community to support local philanthropic causes. This year, SV Gives was a huge success for Samaritan House! With your help, we raised a whopping $16,940, including generous matching grants from Donald and Janice Elliott and Kurt and Beth von Emster!

Total Impact:

Overall, 18,159 individuals gave $7,853,781 to more than 1,000 nonprofits across the Bay Area in 24 hours!

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Though the day of giving is over, you can still support your community by donating directly to Samaritan House at any time of year. You can even choose to have your donation go to whichever of our programs is closest to your heart – food, housing, shelter, healthcare, or wherever it’s most needed. Every gift, no matter the size, helps to strengthen Samaritan House and the community you call your own.

To make a donation online, visit:

A Tribute to Dr. Jack Prost

Dr. Jack Prost

We have the sad task of announcing that Dr. Jack Prost has recently passed away. Dr. Prost had a welcoming smile for patients and volunteers alike at the Samaritan House Dental Clinic, which he helped found in March of 1996.  Together with Dr. Bert Kotin, Dr. Prost also led and guided the operations of the San Mateo Dental Clinic, which provides emergency and urgent dental services to people in San Mateo who need  help and have nowhere else to turn.

Dr. Prost was born in New Jersey, graduated from Indiana University in 1951, practiced Dentistry in New York, and then moved to San Mateo in 1961 where he served as a member of the County’s Dental Society for 53 years.  He was Chairman of the Auxiliary Committee in 1971, member/Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and served for 2 years in the Emergency 24 Hour Dental Service Committee. In 2000, the Dental Society awarded him with a Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Prost was recently recognized at Samaritan House’s Volunteer Appreciation Event as the “Volunteer of the Year 2015”.  “My dad,  Dr. Jack Prost,  was thrilled to be honored at your Volunteer Appreciation Event,” says Dr. Prost’s daughter, Jennifer Prost. He continued to volunteer for Samaritan House and Life Line up to a month before his passing.

In lieu of having a memorial, Dr. Prost’s family has requested donations be sent to Samaritan House’s Free Health Clinics, in honor of a service that Dr. Prost held dear to his heart.  Jack touched a lot of people with his gentleness, his smile and his wit.  He will be greatly missed.

To make a donation on behalf of Dr. Jack Prost, click the button below and specify “San Mateo Free Dental Clinic” in the designation category. 

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For the full Samaritan House Dental History, CLICK HERE

Family Harvest – April 2016 (Revised)

Let’s face it, the food we eat affects us in almost every aspect of our lives. For children, a healthy diet is even more important. Their food correlates not only to their health, but to their development and learning, overall happiness and ability to thrive.

For that reason, on the 3rd Friday of each month, Samaritan House hands out fresh food at Family Harvest food distributions in front of Shoreview Methodist Church. “April’s Harvest was wonderful. Nearly 80 families walked away with 120lbs. of food,” says Robyn Fischer, Client Services Manager. “There are so many parents who tell me this food has changed their family’s lives. They’re seeing their children become not only healthier, but happier people too.”

Samaritan House is thrilled to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to make these types of wonderful programs available to low-income residents. In San Mateo County alone, more than 29,213 children live in food insecure households, according to a study by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. These children lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Family Harvests are dedicated to families with small children and adult children under the age of 26 who are still living at home. New families are welcome to register. Please call Samaritan House’s Client Services Office at (650) 347-3648 for more information.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story had misinformation about the details of Family Harvest and Produce Mobile distributions. This has been corrected.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

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By: Rachel Spencer ( )

Rachel Spencer (Edited)Traffic is miserable in the . It’s not because the highways are small or that traffic lights aren’t programed properly, but because people are flocking here. As the number of cars on the road continues to increase, the number of people looking for housing is also increasing at a high rate.

As the Bay Area’s population continues to grow, the supply of rental units is rapidly decreasing and the demand for them is increasing, which is causing rental prices to sharply incline year after year.  For the affluent, the high rental rates are often discussed as an annoyance. For the working class, the high rental rates are crippling. If you want to survive the cost of living in the Bay Area, a single household needs to make a minimum of$78,000/year. Most working class individuals are working hard at jobs that pay minimum wage.  Imagine: for one household to make $78,000/year, it would require 4.7 full time minimum wage jobs!

Despite working full time and doing all that is in their control working class families are struggling to scrape by and, just when it all gets to be too much to handle, Samaritan House swoops in to save the day.

The name Samaritan House reflects perfectly the nature of the good work that they do. It calls to mind the story of The Good Samaritan.  In short, the story depicts a man who was a victim to thieves during his travels, leaving him without any possessions and half dead on the side of the street. As he lay there, people walked past him and avoided him until another traveler from Samaria helped him by tending to his wounds, giving him a safe place to stay and being a true hero for this man in need. Samaritan House exemplifies the compassion for the needy in today’s San Mateo.

In San Mateo alone, there is not a shortage of people who need help meeting their basic needs. As they come to Samaritan House, they are treated like dignified human beings and helped to get a roof over their heads, clothing on their children’s backs and food in their stomachs.

On any given day, you can go to Samaritan House in San Mateo to find a 3 story building full of compassion, dedication, humility, kindness, and laughter working day-in and day-out to meet the basic needs of those who can’t do it on their own. In other words, you’ll find a 3 story building full of heroes, and remember, not all heroes wear capes.

Community Connections Blog Posts are comprised of narratives from the people who know Samaritan House the best- our staff, clients, and volunteers!

Everyone is invited to participate, please email your experience with Samaritan House to

Details from our Night in Oz!

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With nearly 500 people in attendance, Samaritan House’s sold-out Main Event fundraiser was a night to remember. The Crown Plaza’s jam packed ballroom was turned into a bedazzled Emerald City where Samaritan House supporters got a chance to celebrate the remarkable achievements of their robust Housing Assistance Program and Safe Harbor Shelter.

The evening began as guests made their way down the Yellow Brick Road for cocktail hour featuring sparkling silent auction displays, raffles, and much more. The premium ticket holders were invited to “Glinda’s Bubble Lounge,” where they took pictures with four characters from the Wizard of Oz – Dorothy Gale, The Wizard, The Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good Witch.

Emmy award winning journalist, Heather Holmes, KTVU, emceed the action-packed Night in Oz. Festivities included an elegant dinner, an award ceremony, a live auction including a fund-a-need paddle raise for the Housing Assistance Program and plenty of great music.

Samaritan House CEO, Bart Charlow, thanked everyone who contributed to making the event possible. The impact of the Housing Assistance Program shined with the help of a client who shared his personal story of triumph. He was presented with the Courage Award; it was a moving experience for everyone in the room as his personal crisis could have happened to anyone. The Knowledge Award was given to California State Senator, Jerry Hill and the inaugural Heart of Samaritan House Award was given to the former Executive Director of Samaritan House, John Kelly.

The live auction was led by auctioneer Zan Aufderheide of KLM Auctions, and offered everything from a Maui vacation in paradise to a Backyard Western Barbeque. Guests finished off the evening in style, dancing to the swanky sounds of the Bay Area’s own Pure Ecstasy.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Samaritan House’s Housing Assistance Program. Samaritan House’s Housing Assistance Program consists of Safe Harbor Shelter, which provides 32,695 Nights of safe, warm sleep each year to 425 people. The Program also provides more than $887,000 in direct financial assistance to keep people in their homes and off the streets. The money is used for everything from helping a family to pay their water bill for a month to helping them pay their rent or mortgage.

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Welcome to Glinda’s Bubble Lounge!

The Main Event 2016 – A Night in Oz, There’s No Place Like Home!

Take a sneak peek inside Glinda’s Bubble Lounge from our Main Event – A Night in Oz – There’s No Place Like Home. A few lucky premium ticket holders and sponsors enjoyed some champagne and a photo opportunity with four characters from The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy Gale, The Wizard, The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

This year’s event focused on battling homelessness in San Mateo County.  Every single person who attended, supported, donated, volunteered or helped to spread the word about the Main Event – A Night in Oz made a HUGE DIFFERENCE. An especially big thank you to all of our benefactors or sponsors and underwriters.

It was your support that made this event our best and most successful Main Event yet. It’s you, each individual person who is making a big difference in the fight against homelessness in San Mateo County.

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