The Heart of a Vital Network
For over 40 years, Samaritan House has been serving low-income residents of San Mateo County. We are proud to collaborate with our community in fighting the pressures of poverty. Whether you are new to our page or someone who has worked alongside us for years, we welcome you and invite you to connect with us.
With a broad range of supportive services including food, shelter, healthcare and more, Samaritan House is serving the working poor at eight locations throughout the county. Folks in need can visit us at our headquarters located in San Mateo to sit down with a case manager and design a roadmap for stability and, eventually, self-reliance. Samaritan House South in East Palo Alto and Samaritan House Menlo Park Satellite in Menlo Park likewise offer supportive services to individuals right in the communities where they live.
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Chief Executive Officer
Bart Charlow, LMFT has been Chief Executive Officer of Samaritan House since 2014. Bart is a seasoned CEO, who has managed nonprofit, health care and human services organizations, and is a Licensed Family Therapist.
His career spans diverse fields, including business administration, education, research, audio-visual media and information technology.
In 44 years as a Bay Area executive, he has led regional nonprofits: Easter Seals Bay Area, Adult & Child Guidance Center, Silicon Valley FACES, Peninsula Volunteers and Peninsula Volunteer Properties, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and more. He has also been an Instructor for the Joint Commission, St. Mary’s College and Notre Dame de Namur.
Bart has served on numerous boards and commissions and has been awarded for his Interfaith work. He holds an M.A. in Counseling and a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from Wake Forest University.
Bart has been widely featured on local TV, radio, and in print. He has been quoted nationally in Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on the NBC Today Show.
Bart and his wife, Nancy, raised their 3 children in Foster City.
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Director of Development & Communications
Jessica Mitchell has been with Samaritan House since 2014 and is currently its Director of Development & Communications. She is passionate about Samaritan House’s mission and connecting people with meaningful opportunities to help our neighbors in need.
Jessica’s career in Development and Communications spans 13 years and includes fundraising on behalf of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco and the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City. A retired dancer herself, performances are now limited to her living room where she boogies with her husband and toddler, as their lazy pit bull passes judgment from the sofa.
Jessica graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University where she earned a BA in Organizational Communication and minored in Sociology and Dance.
Chief Financial Officer
Jolie Bou leads the Finance/Accounting team at Samaritan House and has been Chief Financial Officer since September 2005. She’s passionate about having positive synergy between finance and developments departments. Her responsibilities also include Information Technology and risk management. Prior to joining the Samaritan House team, she was the Executive Director for the Women’s Recovery Association in Burlingame and was previously their Director of Finance for 10 years.
Jolie’s career began in accounting and her nonprofit work goes back more than 35 years with experience and expertise in wide range of key areas including finance, accounting, strategy, development, human resources and capacity building. In addition, Jolie has participated in several distinct national and local organizational learning collaboratives such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national collaborative, “Paths to Recovery”. These initiatives focused on process improvement, infrastructure capacity, outcomes, and learning from peer organizations.