The League of New Samaritans – Flix Alfresco Event

befunky-collageLast Friday night, in the sleepy little town of San Mateo, on a street like any other, the League of New Samaritans gathered at a secret… cinema! The Leaguers were in for a night of movie magic under the stars and the cinema was well equipped with wine, beer, and hors d’ oeuvres! Laughter escaped out onto the street as The League ate, drank, networked and watched a warm, uplifting film about overcoming adversity.  All proceeds from this event benefit Samaritan House’s Safe Harbor Shelter, which provides more than 32,000 nights of safe, warm sleep for San Mateo County’s homeless each year.

Are you a 21 to 40-something who wants to help your neighbors living in poverty?  If so, join The League of New Samaritans, Samaritan House’s new young professionals group! The League is a group of young people, brought together by a common commitment: to support Samaritan House and all the incredible services and resources they provide to those in need in our community.

All are welcome at The League’s quarterly social events, ranging from happy hours, to picnics, to outdoor movies. Each event provides a great opportunity to learn more about how you can help someone who is hungry, homeless, or without healthcare, while networking, meeting new young professionals in the area, and enjoying an evening out. But, only members are invited to a yearly heroes-only soiree and have access to perks and discounts associated with membership. JOIN NOW!


Membership Levels

Super Samaritan

  • $250/year ($155 is tax-deductible)
  • All Captain Community benefits
  • Free admittance to quarterly open League events

Altruistic All-star

  • $100/year ($65 is tax-deductible)
  • All Captain Community benefits
  • 25% discount to quarterly open League events

Captain Community

  • $50/year ($35 is tax-deductible)
  • Invitation to quarterly open League events
  • Invitation to League-only event
  • Swag
  • Membership card



Contact Lisa Wheeler at 650-523-0809 or for more information.


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Have you ever heard of a Food Pharmacy?

In an innovative collaboration with our partners at Second Harvest food bank, Samaritan House has opened Food Pharmacies at our two Free Healthcare Clinics. Our volunteer physicians write “prescriptions” for low-income patients who 1have diabetes. Then, the patients are able to fill those prescriptions right on-site at our Food Pharmacies. Deepest thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank for keeping both pharmacies stocked with fresh produce and other healthy foods. Our Food Pharmacies are thought to be the first of their kind in California.

Hear about it from the innovators themselves in this excellent interview, now airing on Pen Voice!

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Host Dani Gasparini talks with Bart Charlow, CEO of Samaritan House, and Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, about their partnership to form a Food Pharmacy.

Medical & Dental Clinics Hours and Operation

Free Clinic of San Mateo
19 W. 39th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403 Map
Tel: 650-578-0400
Hours by appointment only/initial referral from a Case Manager: Contact at 650-347-3648.
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Mon evening 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Third Wednesday evening of the month, 7 – 9 p.m.

Free Clinic of Redwood City
114 Fifth Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063 Map
Tel: 650-839-1447
Hours by appointment only/initial prequalification by the Redwood City Medical Clinic Coordinator: Contact at 650-341-4081 ext. 4005.
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 – 5 p.m.
One Wednesday evening per month, 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Samaritan House Participates in AVON 39: the Fight to Crush Breast Cancer!

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1,900 Women and Men conquered 39.3-miles to crush !

IMG_5597A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in San Francisco’s 14th annual walk.  The event raised a whopping $4.4 million dollars! These funds will help accelerate breast cancer research,  improve access to screenings, diagnosis and treatment, and educate people about breast cancer.

Samaritan House’s Medical Director, Dr. Jason Wong, accepted a check for $376,580, on behalf of Avon’s Western U.S. Breast Health Outreach Programs in Alaska, Arizona, California, Montana and Utah.

The $30,000 that Samaritan House received will support the Samaritan House Breast Care Clinic (SHBCC). The SHBCC reduces barriers to providing uninsured women with access to a continuum of comprehensive, high-quality and timely breast health care services through the provision of education, screening, clinical breast examination (CBE), referrals for free mammography and surgery, and yearly follow-ups. The program utilizes a culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate intervention strategy that targets low-income uninsured women residing in Central County.

An extra special thank you goes out to a few special Samaritan House staff members who actually participated in the weekend-long event. Amy Hsieh spent her weekend volunteering with the Food Services Crew Team and Jamie Nugent and Christiana Weidanz completed the Walk! It was moving and memorable experience for everyone who participated and the community sincerely appreciates your devotion on behalf of the fight to end breast cancer.

For more information on Samaritan House’s Free Breast Care Clinic, visit: For more information about AVON 39 The , or for additional resources visit

The League of New Samaritans Presents: Summer School at the Office!

Exciting News!

Samaritan House is starting a fun, new initiative for 21 – 40’somethings young professionals called, The League of New Samaritans! Our mission is to activate the next generation by fostering foster social altruism, providing a high-impact network and engaging social opportunities for members as well as support and hope for our San Mateo County neighbors in need.

We would LOVE you to join us at our first official event tomorrow!

Come relive your youthful glory days and indulge your inner child while networking with local young professionals and helping San Mateo County kids in need! Bringing friends/colleagues is encouraged!


  • Tickets: $20 – includes food and one drink ticket
  • Earn extra credit if you bring backpacks, school supplies and/or $15 Payless gift cards – you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Office
  • All donations benefit Samaritan House’s Back-to- School program and help kids in need.

LOCATION: The Office, 1748 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

DATE: Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-8 pm


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One Request: simply tell your story.

Support Samaritan House in a HUGE way by doing one thing. 

Simply tell your story.

Telling your personal friends and your community about your real life experiences creates a powerful bond. Whether you tell them over dinner or through a social media platform, it can inspire and transform the lives of many of your friends, families and local community members. 
Your stories can motivate your neighbors to get out, volunteer and give back to their community.
Your stories can reassure folks who need help but might be scared or maybe just didn’t know where or how to access the vast variety of services we offer.
Your stories give such a unique perspective, they can motivate everyone, and help the community to understand the huge variety of ways we help to make our community a better place to live for everyone.
Board Members:
Your stories will help to convey the many different ways we work to make San Mateo County a better, more healthy place to live for everyone.
Writing about your experience with Samaritan House is the best way to spread the word. It is a simple act of service that can reach and embolden hundreds of people through our own community. Speaking your truth, in and open and honest way is one of the best and quickest ways to truly transom lives. 
Once you’ve written about your experienced, please SHARE IT EVERYWHERE!

Share your  your stories with our staff! 

Share your stories with your friends!

Share it on our Social Media Pages!

Your writing could be featured on our website and appear as part of our “Community Connections” series. We would absolutely LOVE to hear about what our community has to say. If you’d like us to promote your experience for you, email it to

DO NOT FORGET TO TAG AND CONNECT WITH US on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts!

We can not wait to hear from you!

AOL Lends a Helping Hand in Transforming Our Community!

IMG_4377THANK YOU to the wonderful team from #AOL who did an amazing job clearing out the San Mateo Clinic, getting it ready for the installation of our new Food Pharmacy. Our friends at @AOL worked really really hard, cleaning both inside and outand even helping with the IMG_4268garden. We are so impressed with your efforts and the transformation you made all in one day. Your work willhelp many people live happier and heather lives. 
Samaritan House is constantly exploring new ways to keep our clients strong, healthy, and on the right path to self sufficiency. Managing diabetes can be difficult for patients with very low incomes.  A healthy lifestyle with nutrient-dense foods can even help to slow the disease’s. Our Food Pharmacies are IMG_3983just one more way we are striving to give our clients everything they need to succeed!
The Food Pharmacy will assist our diabetic patients to manage their illness through diet as well as other therapies. Patients fill their prescriptions for free at an on-site food pantry. The groceries are provided by the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the project receives funding from the Sequoia Healthcare District. For now, clients are IMG_4371encouraged to visit the food pharmacy twice per month, and take enough food each time to feed their entire family for three or four days.

The American Diabetes Association recommends diabetics eat more vegetables, fruit, and IMG_4369lean proteins, and choose whole-grain foods over those made with refined grains or flours. The organization also recommends avoiding excess salt, high calorie snack foods and foods high in saturated or trans fats.


Both of Samaritan House’s clinics, the Redwood City Clinic and the San Mateo Free Clinic, serves patients who are uninsured. To become a client, phone (650) 839-1447 or visit

Thank You Appelblom Jewelry Co!

Last night was the wonderful Bubbles & Baubles Event at Appelblom Jewelry Co! Appelblom Jewelry Co generously hosted an exclusive champagne and jewelry party, which served as of one Samaritan House’s Pay-to-Plays at this year’s Main Event. The evening sparkeled as guests had a blast as they indulged in delectable bubbles and explored in search of the perfect gem. During this exclusive event, Appelblom Jewelry Co generously raffled a $300 gift certificate AND a beautiful piece of antique jewelry! In addition, Appelblom gave each guest a 25% discount card from Appelblom Jewelry Co. as well as a surprise gift!

Appelblom Jewelry Co is San Mateo’s premier jeweler of custom, vintage, fine gold and diamonds. They offer a wide range of unique, antique and handmade pieces. Visit to learn more!

Thank you, Appelblom, for supporting Samaritan House and the Main Event!




Congratulations, Silicon Valley!

You’d be surprised what a difference 24 hours can make! Yesterday was Silicon Valley Gives Day (SV Gives) – a regional, online day of giving hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The aim is to inspire and unite our community to support local philanthropic causes. This year, SV Gives was a huge success for Samaritan House! With your help, we raised a whopping $16,940, including generous matching grants from Donald and Janice Elliott and Kurt and Beth von Emster!

Total Impact:

Overall, 18,159 individuals gave $7,853,781 to more than 1,000 nonprofits across the Bay Area in 24 hours!

Here’s a breakdown of where the funds went:Chrome Legacy Window 542016 122151 PM.bmpLet’s Keep Giving!

Though the day of giving is over, you can still support your community by donating directly to Samaritan House at any time of year. You can even choose to have your donation go to whichever of our programs is closest to your heart – food, housing, shelter, healthcare, or wherever it’s most needed. Every gift, no matter the size, helps to strengthen Samaritan House and the community you call your own.

To make a donation online, visit:

A Tribute to Dr. Jack Prost

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We have the sad task of announcing that Dr. Jack Prost has recently passed away. Dr. Prost had a welcoming smile for patients and volunteers alike at the Samaritan House Dental Clinic, which he helped found in March of 1996.  Together with Dr. Bert Kotin, Dr. Prost also led and guided the operations of the San Mateo Dental Clinic, which provides emergency and urgent dental services to people in San Mateo who need  help and have nowhere else to turn.

Dr. Prost was born in New Jersey, graduated from Indiana University in 1951, practiced Dentistry in New York, and then moved to San Mateo in 1961 where he served as a member of the County’s Dental Society for 53 years.  He was Chairman of the Auxiliary Committee in 1971, member/Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and served for 2 years in the Emergency 24 Hour Dental Service Committee. In 2000, the Dental Society awarded him with a Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Prost was recently recognized at Samaritan House’s Volunteer Appreciation Event as the “Volunteer of the Year 2015”.  “My dad,  Dr. Jack Prost,  was thrilled to be honored at your Volunteer Appreciation Event,” says Dr. Prost’s daughter, Jennifer Prost. He continued to volunteer for Samaritan House and Life Line up to a month before his passing.

In lieu of having a memorial, Dr. Prost’s family has requested donations be sent to Samaritan House’s Free Health Clinics, in honor of a service that Dr. Prost held dear to his heart.  Jack touched a lot of people with his gentleness, his smile and his wit.  He will be greatly missed.

To make a donation on behalf of Dr. Jack Prost, click the button below and specify “San Mateo Free Dental Clinic” in the designation category. 

Donate Now

For the full Samaritan House Dental History, CLICK HERE

Family Harvest – April 2016 (Revised)

Let’s face it, the food we eat affects us in almost every aspect of our lives. For children, a healthy diet is even more important. Their food correlates not only to their health, but to their development and learning, overall happiness and ability to thrive.

For that reason, on the 3rd Friday of each month, Samaritan House hands out fresh food at Family Harvest food distributions in front of Shoreview Methodist Church. “April’s Harvest was wonderful. Nearly 80 families walked away with 120lbs. of food,” says Robyn Fischer, Client Services Manager. “There are so many parents who tell me this food has changed their family’s lives. They’re seeing their children become not only healthier, but happier people too.”

Samaritan House is thrilled to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to make these types of wonderful programs available to low-income residents. In San Mateo County alone, more than 29,213 children live in food insecure households, according to a study by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. These children lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Family Harvests are dedicated to families with small children and adult children under the age of 26 who are still living at home. New families are welcome to register. Please call Samaritan House’s Client Services Office at (650) 347-3648 for more information.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story had misinformation about the details of Family Harvest and Produce Mobile distributions. This has been corrected.