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.





Our Revolutionary Food Pharmacy Program In The News Again!

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Our thanks to KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area Reporter and Jefferson Awards Host, Sharon Chin for her report on our revolutionary Food Pharmacy program, done in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and Sequoia Healthcare District! This in-depth report aired on Thanksgiving Day.

Included in the coverage is our Food Pharmacy patient Laura, with translation support from our remarkable Gracie Medina, RWC Clinic Manager. Our Medical Director Dr. Jason Wong and CEO Bart Charlow are also featured!

San Mateo Fire Department Donates Storage Unit of New Toys to Samaritan House


An abundance of gratitude to the San Mateo City Fire Department for their generous donation of thousands of brand-new toys! This includes large play kitchens and other play sets! The SMFD were looking to clear one of their storage units and gave the toys to Samaritan House for distribution. A plethora of brand new toys for our littlest neighbors in need, and we had nowhere to store them. When the San Mateo County Event Center heard about our need, they donated storage space free of charge. Talk about a community of coming together! All these toys (and more!) will be distributed to our client families this December at our Holiday Shop at the San Mateo County Event Center!

“The SMFD chose to donate these toys to Samaritan House because it is a great organization and we know these toys will be delivered to local kids to brighten their Holiday season.” –Angelo Santiago, SMFD Firefighter and Toys for Tots Program Director (pictured on R with CEO Bart Charlow)

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San Carlos Tennis Club Donates $23,000 to Samaritan House

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On November 14, 2017, a check for $23,000 was presented to Samaritan House CEO Bart Charlow and City of Belmont Council Member and Samaritan House Board Member Davina Hurt from the San Carlos Tennis Club. Our deep thanks to the San Carlos Tennis Club and one of its members, who wishes to remain anonymous,  for this generous donation! The SCTC hosted a Charity Drive and Samaritan House was fortunate to be chosen as the beneficiary. The check presentation took place at Belmont City Hall and was attended by San Carlos Tennis Club President John Farcich, Incoming President Susan Gibson, Treasurer Roger Van Cleve and Board Member Tami Adachi.

“We selected Samaritan House because of its focus on the community of San Mateo County and its many programs that benefit those in need.” -John Farcich, President.

The SCTC was founded in 1975 as a non-profit entirely run by volunteers. With over 600 members, they play at courts in San Carlos, Belmont and Redwood City.  The SCTC was named Best Community-Based Tennis Organization in Northern California by USTA/NorCal in 2013.

This generous donation assists us as we continue our mission of helping our neighbors in need.  Thank you, San Carlos Tennis Club!

Samaritan House is Honored with a 2017 Community Partnership Award from Stanford



Samaritan House is immensely proud to have been honored with a 2017 Stanford Community Partnership Award for our work at the Samaritan House Free Clinic of Redwood City, headed by Dr. Jason Wong, Medical Director (pictured 2nd from left).

“Dr. Wong and his team have embedded themselves in the medical community, and they find every creative and rewarding way to embed Stanford Health Care personnel in our Clinic. It’s a partnership that everyone enjoys, especially our patients, who then benefit from some of very best medical care available,” Bart Charlow Samaritan House CEO.

To learn more about the 2017 Stanford Community Partnership honorees, go to:…/community-partnership-awards-ho…/#

Pictured from left to right: Colleen Haesloop Johnson, MPA/HSA, Stanford Health Care Director of Community Partnerships; Dr. Jason Wong, Samaritan House Medical Director; Bart Charlow, Samaritan House CEO; Elvia Torres, Samaritan House Redwood City Clinic Medical Assistant; Gracie Medina, Samaritan House Redwood City Clinic Manager and Andy Coe, Stanford Health Care Chief Government & Community Relations Officer.

Photo credit: Stanford University Office of Public Affairs

Message to our Community in response to recent Natural Disasters




We are the world here in San Mateo County. We have residents from all over the planet, and they have loved ones whom they support emotionally and often financially in so many places. Unfortunately, when disaster strikes almost anywhere, you can be sure that it hits home to some of our neighbors. The people we serve at Samaritan House are certainly the rule, rather than the exception. We have people we care deeply about in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. And while we have watched their tragedies unfold, they are far from over.

Can you imagine someone struggling so hard to live here while sending money back to relatives there to help them survive, and now this extra hardship? We can, because we see it here among our neighbors every day now.

On behalf of all of us at Samaritan House, our thoughts are with those with friends or loved ones affected by recent events.

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Bart Charlow,  Samaritan House CEO