We are so thankful that the Family and Senior Sharing Program (FSSP) will be returning in full force for the 2022 holidays with the inclusion once again of seniors.

As simple as picking out special gifts for a child whose family faces financial difficulty or delivering food to a family or senior in need, you can make a difference for someone this season.
The Family and Senior Sharing Program provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and groups to provide personalized holiday food and gifts to low income families and seniors. You select the senior or size of the family you wish to assist. You are welcome to “adopt” more than one family and/or senior to spread the holiday spirit.

As a Family and Senior Sharing Sponsor, we will match you with Samaritan House client senior/s and/or family/ies who are in need of assistance this year. You contact them to find out specific needs and gift wishes and to arrange a delivery time. You then deliver the food (can be a grocery store gift card) and gifts. Gifts are for children 17 and younger and seniors and, as an option, may be given to adults in the household. Our expectations for FSSP are that donors spend $70-90 per child for gift/s and $40-50 per family member for food (note that these are slightly increased dollar expectations this year because of the increased needs of families and seniors due to inflation). Family sizes range from 2 to more than eight with donors choosing the size of family that they are able to help. Senior households consist of 1-2 seniors.

Important Notes: Again this year, for the health of everyone, donors and clients are required to make deliveries outside wearing masks and we are encouraging full vaccinations for all. In addition, this year, we are offering a new opportunity for donors for drop-offs for families only. Donors can make personalized deliveries as usual where the families that they are assisting live or they may choose to ask the family/ies to meet them for an in-person delivery at a centralized Samaritan House location. There will be more details about this option for deliveries to families in the instructions provided when donors are assigned families to help.