Volunteer Recognition Event 2013 – Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Every year, we honor volunteers who have shown exemplary effort in support of Samaritan House’s programs at our annual Volunteer Recognition Event. This year, the Sammy Award winners were treated to a special gift from Ruby Kaho, Kitchen Manager for Samaritan House. Before the event, Ruby created handmade Hawaiian leis for each Sammy recipient. The leis were then handed out at the event by a local Boy Scout troop.

Sammy Awards in 18 program categories honored volunteers who have shown exemplary effort in support of Samaritan House’s programs and services:

• Administration – Louise Delafield

• Bread Basket – Trader Joe’s team

• Client Services – Mary Lynn Ruiz

• Dining Room – Chris O’Leary

• Finance/Development – City Auction Crew

• Food Pantry – Ana Maria Jackson & Paula Corona (Kelly Award)

• Holiday Program – Saia (George) Bourke

• Kids’ Closet – Susan Campo

Every year at our volunteer event, we present our highest honor, the Kelly Award, to an individual who has shown exemplary volunteer service to our agency. This year, the award was given to 2 volunteers – sisters Ana Maria Jackson and Paula Corona.

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Ana Maria and Paula have been volunteering with us for over 10 years, and can be seen 3 days a week handing out groceries to families in our Pantry. We recently interviewed the 2 about their experience (http://bit.ly/SH_Pantry).

Congratulations to our 2013 Sammy Award winners, and thank you for all you do!

Volunteer Spotlight – Pantry Volunteers

One of the many services provided by Samaritan House, our food pantry is a vibrant and highly utilized space which exemplifies our community’s strong support of our mission.

Over 21,000 bags of groceries are distributed through our pantry every year. The pantry runs efficiently with the help of our volunteers, who sort and help with food distribution 5 days a week.

In this video, Ana Maria Jackson & Paula Corona, volunteers for over 10 years in our pantry, talk about their experience with clients and the community.

Financial empowerment classes in action

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A great picture of one of our financial empowerment clients taken last week after she opened her first credit union account!

Samaritan House is now offering one-on-one financial coaching classes to help our clients learn about ways to minimize debt, build savings, & improve credit scores. We will provide opportunities for clients (and low income staff) to obtain pro-bono, one-on-one financial coaching through Sage Financial Solutions & our in- house Financial Empowerment Coach.

Our goal is to help navigate our Samaritan House clients:

  • Feel self-empowerment & self-directed
  • Live poverty-free and equip them with financial knowledge and tools
  • Create long-term, financially responsible habits – coaching will create this foundation to coach the person not the issue
  • Empower client to build personal and financial goals while holding them accountable

This is just one of the ways Samaritan House is working to help families build their level of self-sufficiency & build brighter futures!