Thank You for Your #GivingTuesday Support

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Today is ThankYouWednesday!

Samaritan House extends a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in GivingTuesday yesterday! We appreciate YOU, for freely dedicating your resources and time, and embodying the true meaning of the Holiday Season with a full heart – “giving”. YOU have made a tremendous impact, inspiring others to give not only on GivingTuesday, but throughout the entire year – for that, we can not thank you enough! 

If you weren’t able to participate yesterday, it’s not too late to take part! You can still give to Samaritan House in many different ways. To learn about ways you can contribute, visit: http://bit.ly/HowYouCanHelp-SamaritanHouse

However you choose to get involved, we can not express our gratitude, so thank you for supporting Samaritan House and your neighbors in need. Now, here’s the fun part – the results!

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THE RESULTS ARE IN! Over 98 countries participated in this global day of giving with over $168 million raised. For more info about GivingTuesday, visit: https://www.givingtuesday.org/data-project,.

 

Today is Giving Tuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a simple idea. Just pick one of the many ways for you, your family, your community, or your organization to come together to support Samaritan House. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.Giving Tuesday 2015 Final

President Obama recognize ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ in his Thanksgiving address. He said “On this uniquely American holiday, we also remember that so much of our greatness comes from our generosity. There’s the generosity of Americans who at food banks and shelters, making sure that no one goes hungry on a day when so many plates are full. There’s the generosity of Americans who take part not just in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday — recognizing that in the holiday season, what you is as important as what you get.” You can hear the President’s address here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/weekly-address-thanksgiving-re…

Samaritan House relies on the compassion, power, and generosity of those looking to give back to deliver our humanitarian mission. From delivering food and clothing to teaching news financial skills or healthier lifestyles – Samaritan House supports local people who need our help. We preserve dignity, promote self sufficiency, and provide hope for real families, individuals, and children in our community.

On Giving Tuesday, help support Samaritan House’s mission – to mobilize the resources of our community to help those among us who are in need.

How to Help:

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RUN A DONATION DRIVE!

DONATE FOOD & TOYS

FAMILY & SENIOR SHARING

Visit http://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/how-you-can-help/ for more information on how you can support Samaritan House.

Safe Harbor Shelter’s Monthly Birthday Bash!

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Safe Harbor Shelter residents had an awesome birthday party this month, celebrating the 10 residents who have an August birthday!

This is the second time Safe Harbor Shelter has had a birthday bash. The first one happened last May and was orchestrated with the help of a former Safe Harbor Shelter resident and her church, Central Peninsula.

“I must tell you, it feels so glorious to be back there and be with the residents,” says the former resident herself. “Not only did the residents have a fun time, we (volunteers) had so much fun spending time with them too.”

Carol Laughlin, Samaritan House’s Director of Volunteers, says they plan to continue putting on this event as long as it as it makes the residents happy.

Safe Harbor Shelter is Samaritan House’s 90 bed emergency homeless shelter located in South San Francisco. Homeless individuals 18 years and older and from San Mateo County are permitted to enter the shelter on a first-come, first-served basis. The shelter is operated in collaboration with the County of San Mateo Human Services Agency.

 

Samaritan House Bike Giveaway!

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Our parking lot is always a busy place, but on April 1, instead of cars wheeling in and out, laughing children wearing brand new bright green helmets were wheeling bicycles around orange safety cones.

Wednesday’s event was the first in our new Closet children’s program, Books, and Backpacks.  The bicycle safety clinic and used bike repair and giveaway was the result of a partnership with two wonderful local agencies, the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition and the Bay Area Bike Mobile.

Laughter bubbled up from the nine children as they tried on the cool green helmets and mounted their newly refurbished bikes. Parents looked on with broad smiles as the children demonstrated safe riding skills under the instruction of Ernesto Lizaola, education programs manager for the bike coalition.

Mother of triplets, Ana Carolina Mendoza was so excited that the girls had bicycles that fit – she promised to their too-small bikes to Samaritan House to be donated to the next group of children.

Earlier in the day, the team arrived and got to work changing tires, replacing brakes, getting 16 bicycles back in shape in record time. And the bike coalition brought two boxes of new helmets, making sure each child received a safe, well-fitting helmet and a larger-sized donated bike.

Starting out with a half-hour classroom presentation for parents and children in our third floor conference room, the group then trooped down to the parking lot for the hands-on part of the program.

“This is the first time they have ever been taught anything about bicycles,” Ana Carolina said. She said she was really pleased they were learning the basics of bike safety.

Samaritan House plans to hold similar events in the future and welcomes the donation of youth and adult bicycles in good condition or a donation of $10, which will provide a safe helmet for a child.

About the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition: “Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition () exists to promote increased cycling in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. To accomplish this goal, SVBC advocates for improved and expanded bicycle infrastructure and other facilities, including bike lanes, paths, racks, lockers, accommodating traffic signals, capacity on transit, and more. Additionally, SVBC promotes bicycle culture through events and activities such as Bike to Work Day, Bicycle Friendly Workplace, and Valet Bike Parking at a variety of area events.

About the BikeMobile: “The Bay Area BikeMobile  hosts bicycle repair clinics at schools, libraries, recreation centers, and community events across the San Francisco Bay Area. At these events, we engage participants in a hands-on repair process so that they may be more confident making future repairs on their own. Additionally, we promote safe riding, teach beginners how to ride without training wheels, and give away refurbished bicycles. By partnering with Spare the Air Youth and  Safe Routes to Schools they are able to offer this as a free resource to the public, focusing on low-income communities that often do not have access to professional bike repair. The Bay Area BikeMobile helps keep youth rolling to school safely while reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

 

A Little Change Goes a Long Way!

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There’s still time to make your 2014 year-end tax deductible gift! Start the New Year right by helping neighbors in your community who are less fortunate.

It’s never too late for a charitable contribution to the work of Samaritan House!

In fact, right up through midnight on December 31st you can make a stock or cash donation in any form that would qualify for tax deductions. We can use your help right now, because thousands of families NEED our help right now.  Donate today!

So spread a little of that holiday cheer and feel really great that you have started the 2015 New Year right!

It’s Not Too Late to Complete that Special 2014 New Year Resolution

The-Season-for-GivingThe stock market hit new highs this year, but even if you aren’t in them, this would be a great time to do something you have always said you would do: share a bit of your own good fortune with your less fortunate neighbors.

It’s never too late for a charitable contribution to the work of Samaritan House!

In fact, right up through December 31st you can make a stock or cash donation in any form that would qualify for tax deductions. We can use your help right now, because thousands of families NEED our help right now.  Donate today!

So spread a little of that holiday cheer and feel really great that you have fulfilled your 2014 resolution to be a great neighbor!

2014 Holiday Program Highlights

With the help of our generous volunteers & donors we were able to create a brighter holiday for the 1,750 children who received new toys, coats and books, and over 1,200 households that received food.

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Food Distributions: Our special food distributions during November & December provided groceries – such as fresh fruits & veggies, canned goods, hams and turkeys to over 1,200 families.

 

 

 

 

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Toy Shoppe:  1,750 very happy children and their parents picked out three to five toys for each child, a book and a coat. Toys included things like Legos, dolls, games, educational toys, gift cards and sporting equipment. Extra special thanks for the donated books from Barnes and Noble! Books also were donated from school groups, service clubs, and individual donors from around the community.

 

 

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Family Sharing Program: 110 families more than 30 seniors were supported this year through our Family Sharing Program (FSP). FSP allows donors to give in a more personal way by selecting a specific family to sponsor. Donors included individuals, families, church and civic groups, businesses and schools.

 

 

 

12-8-2014 Wee Care CraftingWee Care Program: Over twenty  elementary and middle schools participated in our Wee Care Program. Parents, teachers and volunteers teach students about the needs of the community. They create cheerful decorations and organize food, clothing and toys drives that are eventually distributed to the Samaritan House clients.

 

 

 

 

All of this was made possible with the caring and sharing of so many donors in our community and the 1,000 volunteers who came together to hand out toys, food, and help clients pick warm coats. Thank you to all those who support our holiday program every year!