Every year, we honor volunteers who have shown exemplary effort in support of Samaritan House’s programs at our annual Volunteer Recognition Event. This year, the Sammy Award winners were treated to a special gift from Ruby Kaho, Kitchen Manager for Samaritan House. Before the event, Ruby created handmade Hawaiian leis for each Sammy recipient. The leis were then handed out at the event by a local Boy Scout troop.
Sammy Awards in 18 program categories honored volunteers who have shown exemplary effort in support of Samaritan House’s programs and services:
• Administration – Louise Delafield
• Bread Basket – Trader Joe’s team
• Client Services – Mary Lynn Ruiz
• Dining Room – Chris O’Leary
• Finance/Development – City Auction Crew
• Food Pantry – Ana Maria Jackson & Paula Corona (Kelly Award)
• Holiday Program – Saia (George) Bourke
• Kids’ Closet – Susan Campo
Every year at our volunteer event, we present our highest honor, the Kelly Award, to an individual who has shown exemplary volunteer service to our agency. This year, the award was given to 2 volunteers – sisters Ana Maria Jackson and Paula Corona.
Ana Maria and Paula have been volunteering with us for over 10 years, and can be seen 3 days a week handing out groceries to families in our Pantry. We recently interviewed the 2 about their experience (http://bit.ly/SH_Pantry).
Congratulations to our 2013 Sammy Award winners, and thank you for all you do!
A great picture of one of our financial empowerment clients taken last week after she opened her first credit union account!
Samaritan House is now offering one-on-one financial coaching classes to help our clients learn about ways to minimize debt, build savings, & improve credit scores. We will provide opportunities for clients (and low income staff) to obtain pro-bono, one-on-one financial coaching through Sage Financial Solutions & our in- house Financial Empowerment Coach.
Our goal is to help navigate our Samaritan House clients:
Feel self-empowerment & self-directed
Live poverty-free and equip them with financial knowledge and tools
Create long-term, financially responsible habits – coaching will create this foundation to coach the person not the issue
Empower client to build personal and financial goals while holding them accountable
This is just one of the ways Samaritan House is working to help families build their level of self-sufficiency & build brighter futures!