[Updated] July 2022

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Samaritan House, the Lead Core Agency in San Mateo County, will be open and providing essential services to low-income County residents as long as circumstances permit.


All Food & Nutrition, Free Clinic, Case Management (including rental and utility assistance, etc.), Coordinated Entry System for Homelessness Diversion & Placement, and the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter are operating, although some access or availability may be restricted.


Please call 1 (650) 347-3648 first to see how to access these programs and for health screening before entering.


Samaritan House will continue to provide “backbone” services to partner agencies throughout San Mateo County, including the disbursement of assistance funding through the Core Agency Network.



  • If you are able to volunteer with food preparation and/or transport, contact volunteering@samaritanhousesanmateo.org. Please be patient with the time it takes to respond to you, as volume is high and staffing is low.
  • Donate! Due the increased needs of our clients during the pandemic, we need your financial help. Go to www.samaritanhousesanmateo.org/donate on the Web to donate right now.

Due to its flexibility and zero contact aspect, we encourage financial donations.
Samaritan House appreciates the support of our generous community.
Thank you for helping us fight poverty and lift lives.

We are currently in need of:

  • New or near new children’s clothing
  • Pre-packaged food
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers
  • Pull-ups
  • Baby wipes
  • Men’s T-shirts, sizes L & XL
  • Men’s Underwear – Must be new, sizes L & XL
  • Adult Socks – Must be new

  • New or near new, age appropriate, larger sized clothing for teens*
  • Formula
  • Baby food
  • Cases of water
  • Toiletries (especially soap)
  • Cleaning products – must be unopened
  • Lysol Spray*
  • Women’s Clothing
  • Woman’s T-shirts, sizes Sm & Med.
  • Woman’s Underwear – Must be new, sizes Sm & Med.
  • Sports bras – Must be new

*urgently needed
WE CANNOT ACCEPT DONATIONS OF UNWRAPPED FOOD AT THIS TIME. Food donations must be dropped off at our location, 4031 Pacific Blvd in San Mateo. Please email donationdrives@samaritanhousesanmateo.org to arrange a drop off time.
Food Services

  • Mobile Meals to homebound seniors and folks with disabilities will continue as long as we have drivers, but they will not make direct contact with clients.
  • Dining Room at the Masonic Hall in San Mateo will provide only takeout meals. (These meals will available for pick up from the Samaritan House vehicle outside of the Masonic Hall)
  • Food Pharmacies at San Mateo and Redwood City Clinics remain open to regular patients. (These items will be pre-packed for pick up).
  • Food Pantry in San Mateo is open, but all food will be pre-packaged and picked up through drive-thru.

San Mateo and Redwood City Free Clinics: Open on limited basis. Please call first for health screening: Redwood City Clinic: 650-839-1447; San Mateo Clinic 650-578-0400. Non-essential medical or dental services are not open at this time.

Client Services in San Mateo, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park: Appointments and interviews are conducted through phone. Open on a limited basis for rental, utility and other financial assistance, case management and referrals, including access to Pantry: please call first for health screening and instructions.

San Mateo: (650) 347-3648
East Palo Alto & Menlo Park: (650) 294-4312

Kids Closet: has reopened on a limited, pre-packaged basis. Right now we can only accept new clothing. If you need clothes, please contact your case manager. Longer term volunteers welcome!

Worker Resource Center: is open for business on an outdoor only format. For more information, please call (650) 344-1651.

VITA Tax Service: Program resumed on 2/9/2021. For more information. Click here


We will do all we can while the emergency lasts. Please be patient with our limits, as many services have to be managed remotely. We are all in this together!

Please click here to read a public health notice from our CEO.