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Take part in someone's
journey home

All it takes is one act of kindness a month to help someone rebuild the world around them.

Use Samaritan to…

Be part of someone’s team, and over time, how they endure to reach safe housing

Give directly to meet immediate & strategic needs

(each ¢ goes to the person & is tax-deductible)

Inspire action from the person you're investing in, as well as from your friends & family

Grow deeper contentment around what you have and what you can give

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Help members find a
social & physical home

15,210

samaritans like you
signed up to volunteer

Restore hope and help
rebuild self-sufficiency

$225,142 

$225,142 

given and used
to enter housing

Meet a need and
join someone's
team
today

56%

56%

of members overcome
key barriers
to housing

Hear the impact samaritans like you can have

You are a samaritan

One act of kindness a month. It may not seem like much, but that’s all it takes. Because when someone has 30 people on their team, that’s one smile a day that can help keep someone alive.

In this time of social and physical isolation, you’d be surprised how simple acts of kindness can go a long way to help people reach life-changing goals. We’ve seen it happen dozens of times.

Our data shows that most Samaritan Members statistically improve their quality of life when they’re able to access ≥$50/month from a team of ≥5 samaritans for ≥6 months.

How can so little go so far?

Because it’s not just money that people lack.

It’s a team of believers; a social home of people who can strengthen someone’s fight to stay afloat. It is a lack of neighbors—a social poverty—most commonly leads people to the street to begin with.

So what could this monthly act of kindness be for you?

It could be giving $10/month towards their goals; it could be sending a message of encouragement or opportunity; it could be dropping a needed item at a tent city or at an organization; it could be bringing the person on for a gig like gardening or playing music at an event; it could simply be inviting others to join the person’s team. Give where you’re gifted. The rest will take care of itself.

Would you join the team of a Samaritan Member today? We’d love to have you.

Jeff Lilley
former CEO, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
The number one question I'm asked, is " Jeff, how do I respond when asked for help on the street? Samaritan is an answer to that question.
Nicole S.
now-housed Samaritan Member
This is the first time in seven years people have seen me for who I am, not what I look like or come from.
Raven R.
Samaritan Member
I've been on the streets for 13 years. I've seen and heard everything. This probably has helped me more than anything else.
Laura L.
now-housed Samaritan Member
Sometimes, you can feel really invisible and it can kind of feel al lot of times like there's no help out there. It was just nice to have people be like "Yea, we really want to help."