Frank Somerville Tours Samaritan House Headquarters


Frank Somerville Visits Samaritan House Headquarters in San Mateo
Frank Somerville of KTVU Visits Samaritan House Headquarters in San Mateo


We just had the best visit with Frank Somerville, KTVU anchor. Frank came by for a personal tour of Samaritan House in anticipation of his being our Master of Ceremonies for The Main Event on April 14th.

He slipped by our greeter and walked into Kids Closet. What a delightful story he had to tell about that, but I won’t give it away, as you may hear it at The Main Event.

We discovered how many of us have prior ties with him, his family, his family’s philanthropy and just plain generosity. Of course, he was instantly recognizable to our clients and volunteers all over Samaritan House. And Frank had a smile and a warm greeting and story for everyone he met. At one point, Frank was so moved by the work we do. This man really cares!

So be sure to get your tickets to The Main Event, because we know you’re going to love him hosting.

Tickets are available here:

Bart Charlow

Samaritan House CEO

Carla’s Vision for a Better Future

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Often times, our clients have multiple jobs and are still struggling to make ends meet.  This is the reality for so many living in the affluent Silicon Valley.

Carla is a single mom, works 2 part-time jobs and is a graduate student. She has a vision for a better future for herself and her young son.

The Samaritan House programs really supplement my income in that I save on groceries through the food distributions. The Holiday program and the gifts for my 6 year old allow me to set aside funds for rent.  I view Samaritan House as a tool to get ahead until I’m done with school. I’m interviewing for full-time work and I finish grad school this Spring. I’m almost there thanks to Samaritan House.

Carla adds, ”Samaritan House has supported me through this journey and I am so ready to work full-time. I look forward to being to be fully independent.”

It is our privilege to provide hope, dignity and empowerment to people like Carla who are in need of a little help.

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Frank Somerville to Emcee The Main Event 2018

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Samaritan House is thrilled to announce that our Master of Ceremonies for this year’s Main Event is longtime community advocate and KTVU News Anchor Frank Somerville! KTVU News Anchor Frank Somerville has been a fixture on Bay Area television since the early 90’s. Frank has strong Bay Area roots growing up in Berkeley and currently lives in Oakland. Frank anchors the 5, 6 and 10 pm newscasts. Frank Somerville’s Facebook page ranks the highest on social media for any TV anchor in the country with nearly 547k Facebook fans. He uses his Facebook page as a platform for storytelling and to raise awareness and advocacy for foster care. He openly talks about his relationships with his daughters, one of whom is adopted. Frank Somerville is a 5-time Emmy award winner and community service runs in the family. His father, Bill Somerville, is the Founder of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation based in Oakland. Main Event tickets go on sale in February.


CA Assemblyman Kevin Mullin On the Vital Role of Samaritan House

“I’m here out of recognition of the work that Samaritan House does year round. It’s beyond Thanksgiving. We have an affordable housing crisis in San Mateo County. We have people who are in between jobs, who are living on the margins and who are just trying to get by. Samaritan House really is a backstop for folks that are in need. The entire team at Samaritan House does incredible work year-round.” – Rep. Mullin

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Longtime Samaritan House Advocate, Speaks to the Importance of The Work We Do

“Samaritan House is one of the phenomenal nonprofits in our county that reaches out to those in need all year. The Holiday Program is so dignified, and so warm….and so loving – it makes everyone feel like they’re very special. And they are.”

We were thrilled to have Congresswoman Jackie Speier, longtime Samaritan House supporter, as an honored guest and helper at our Holiday Toy Shop. Please take a moment to view this interview as Rep. Speier speaks to the importance of the work we do 365 days a year.

Belmont Councilmember Charles Stone Thanks Samaritan House on Behalf of the City of Belmont

We were happy to have Belmont Councilmember Charles Stone at our Holiday Toy Shop to lend a hand. The entire community benefits from our steadfast mission to mobilize all available resources and work hand in hand to break the cycle of poverty. In this interview, Councilmember Stone conveys a message of thanks to Samaritan House from the City of Belmont and its residents.

County Supervisor Carole Groom at Samaritan House Holiday Toy Shop 2017

We are very grateful that County Supervisor Carole Groom visited our annual Holiday Shop to show her support and lend a hand. As San Mateo County’s leading nonprofit that is truly a volunteer driven organization, we bring a new level of hope, dignity and empowerment to people living in poverty. In this interview, Supervisor Groom shares her thoughts on what makes our Holiday Toy Shop so special.

Message of Gratitude


Nothing is more important to us than the clients we serve. This past weekend, we distributed food to over 1,400 people at College Park Elementary in San Mateo. Registered families and individuals received grocery items including fresh produce, canned goods and frozen turkeys.

For some clients, like Martha of San Mateo, it was a chance to share a message of thanks. “Samaritan House has changed my life. I was a patient at the Free Medical Clinic in San Mateo and am here today receiving food for the holidays.  I would like to thank you for all of the help you provide to everyone in need. Thanks to everyone who came together  to make this happen.”  Martha adds, “It’s very much appreciated. It helps us out so much.  Today’s food helps me save a lot and I don’t worry as much about spending more on groceries. May God bless you and I wish you all a Merry Christmas.”

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community.  We will continue to be here for all our neighbors in need.