Samaritan House Timeline (Flash Required)
Samaritan House Timeline
1974 – Public Health nurse Cora Clemons and her associates create Samaritan House in partnership with the City of San Mateo. The new agency provides referral for people who need basic social services. The agency’s first home is at 115 N. Delaware St. in San Mateo.
1983 – The Holiday Assistance Program begins distributing toys to low-income families.
1984 – Concerned citizens establish the Hospitality Family Kitchen at the King Center to feed people in need in the neighborhood.
1985 – Samaritan House merges with the Hospitality Family Kitchen and becomes a Core Agency for San Mateo County. It begins providing direct services — serving meals, providing clothing at the Clothes Closet at North Shoreview School gymnasium, and managing a new Thanksgiving program.
1986 – The Food Pantry opens and delivers nonperishable food to families.
1987 – Samaritan House Client Services moves to a new mobile unit in San Mateo located on the Foster City School District property at 401 N. Humboldt Street.
1989 – A second mobile unit is added at Humboldt Street to house the Kitchen and the Pantry begins providing groceries through a voucher system. Operation Bread Basket starts up, using volunteers to pick up donated foods. Samaritan House also hosts its first Volunteer Community Recognition Event.
1990 – San Mateo High School students begin their record-breaking annual food drive benefiting the Samaritan House food program.
1992 – The Samaritan House Free Medical Clinic opens in a few rooms at Samaritan House.
1998 – Samaritan House’s Breast Care Program is created.
2000 – Safe Harbor Shelter opens on SamTrans property located adjacent to San Francisco Airport.
2001 – Samaritan House opens a second Free Medical Clinic on 5th Avenue in Redwood City.
2003 – Worker Resource Center opens providing an alternative location for temporary laborers and potential employers to meet for work.
2004 – The original Samaritan House Free Medical Clinic moves to new facility at 19 West 39th Avenue.
2006 – Safe Harbor Shelter is renovated to provide better services to clients.
2009 – Samaritan House’s Capital Campaign supports the purchase and renovation of its new home, located at 4031 Pacific Blvd in San Mateo. Our new headquarters now houses a state of the art industrial kitchen and food pantry, clothing distribution center, case management and counseling services, as well as our administrative services.
2012 – The agency partners with United Way Bay Area and VITA tax volunteers to offer free tax preparation for clients and community members.
2013 – Samaritan House unveils a donor wall to celebrate and commemorate those individuals who contributed $1,000 or more to the organization’s Capital Campaign for a New Home.
2014 – Samaritan House celebrates 40 years of preserving dignity, promoting self-sufficiency, and providing hope for individuals and families in need.