3/19/19 Sponsored by Schneider’s Automotive Repair and Vercel Studios. Nearly 70 volunteers joined the Samaritan Center in annual maintenance, including painting, rain gutters, cleaning and the gardening. Schneider’s mechanics checked out volunteer’s cars and fixed 5 automobiles that had been donated to the Sam Center, but were not running. Two clients have already received cars, one gentleman who had been on foot since December and another who will be able to start up his painting business again. Thank you to Schneiders, Abhi and all the volunteers that came out. What a gift!
2/24 Believers on Mountain Bikes, B.O.M.B., headed up by Doug Landon, coordinated and scheduled a Bike Clinic for our clients. This continues to be an amazing blessing because most of our folks are completely dependent on their bikes for transportation and usually cannot get them repaired when they get damaged. Doug and his team, provide the parts, the labour, and the good-heartedness, to get them rolling again.
2/23 Simi Valley Boy Scouts of America coordinated all local troops, and sponsored a food drive benefiting the Samaritan Center’s clients, and stocking the “Food Pantry” that serves the most needy in our Community. Tons of volunteers helped, by picking up the bags of food and getting it to the Center. Their efforts will make a real difference in the lives of our neighbours that are struggling to get by. What a great event! Many thanks!
2/21 We are excited to announce that Jenna Hayden, our Volunteer Coordinator at the Samaritan Center won the “Live Your Dream” Award by the Soroptimist Club of Simi Valley, for overcoming huge obstacles in order to achieve and live, the life she dreamed. An abusive marriage forced her and her two daughters out of their home, where they lived for months without a house and with no support. Jenna managed to keep them safe and in school until life was stable again, and they had a home again. Congratulations Jenna!
This year we’ve moved 8 families from the streets of Simi into permanent housing and have placed 46 veterans and individuals in jobs and housing, where they are safe and thriving again.
We are currently serving more than 220 families through our food pantry each month
November 1 marked the opening of our Winter Shelter Program where we partner with our local churches and community organizations to provide night-time shelter to the homeless in our community. It will remain open until March 1.
The Samaritan Center partnered with the Elks Lodge and provided 134 families with turkeys and all the fixin’s for complete Thanksgiving dinners
Masquerade Ball and Fundraiser was held at Wood Ranch Country Club and was a great success. Fun costumes, great food, amazing music and lots of fun while making a difference in the lives of our homeless. Many thanks to all.
Volunteer Clean-up was held at the Samaritan Center where windows were washed and the grounds of the property were trimmed, weeded, and planted.
The Samaritan Center welcomes the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce and local businesses on July 26th for an evening of networking and community outreach, strengthening our partnerships with business and city leaders.
A new Case Worker joins the staff at the Sam Center. Rashaad Williams brings an extensive background in social services and advocacy for the disabled, teaching them job skills and interfacing with potential employers on their behalf. Rashaad also coaches the Chaminade High School football team and has a lot of experience mentoring youth. Welcome, Rashaad!
The Boy Scouts of America volunteered an afternoon of service to clean up and plant flower beds at the Sam Center. It was on our hottest week and the soil is like solid rock. Their hard work and kindness are truly appreciated!
We are happy to share that one of our single mothers living in a small trailer with her two daughters for nearly two years, is working, housed and safe again. During this difficult time, she managed to keep her girls in school, where they kept up with their studies, despite the adversity they faced every day. Welcome home girls!