The Story of Samaritan House

Since 1974, Samaritan House has grown to become San Mateo County’s leading non-profit that brings a new level of hope, dignity, and empowerment to people living in poverty as they fulfill immediate needs and guide people to self reliance. Recognized as a role model in the community, Samaritan House is the largest food distribution agency in the county. Its other free services include shelter and housing assistance; medical and dental clinics; clothes for children; personalized case management and much more. People who come to Samaritan house are welcomed with a smile by friendly, helpful staff, which quickly builds trust and breaks down the stigma associated with being in need. They also discover that Samaritan House takes a holistic approach to poverty that goes beyond food, shelter and clothing. Serving a client is not a single transaction but the start of an on-going relationship to move individuals and families towards self-reliance.


We mobilize the resources of our community to help those among us who are in need.
Our dedicated professional staff and volunteers work together to provide food, access to shelter, healthcare, and a broad range of supportive services.
We preserve dignity, promote self-sufficiency, and provide hope.


Leading our San Mateo County neighbors in need out of poverty to hope and opportunity.


We meet basic needs and encourage self-sufficiency.
We practice dignity and respect in all of our actions.
We are community-based and volunteer-driven.
We leverage community resources for maximum effectiveness.
We find and implement creative solutions for unique and ever changing community needs.
We provide our services without charge to our clients.

We invite you to learn more about our organization through our current and past Annual Reports.
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