March 11, 2021: All Souls Outreach to Samaritan Ministry

By Kurt Jacobs

In the story of the Good Samaritan, the Samaritan not only stops in his tracks and diverts to the side of the road to comfort the bleeding robbery victim, he also takes the victim to a nearby inn and leaves money to cover several days of food and lodging until the Samaritan’s planned return and check-in on the stranger-neighbor’s welfare. The Good Samaritan takes care of the whole person. He diverts from his day, gives his time to alleviate the immediate suffering, and then provides for the stranger’s ongoing emotional, spiritual, and material needs (through the money left at the inn) even when the Samaritan is off attending to other parts of life.

All Souls’ parishioners are Good Samaritans too, in many ways, including through the volunteer time they give and the money, gift cards, food, and clothing they “leave at the inn” for refugee families, Christ House, The Bishop Walker School, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (Samaritan Ministry) and other groups. Founded in 1986 by 12 parishes, today Samaritan Ministry is supported by over 50 local Episcopal parishes and schools. Through its Next Step Program, offered at five houses/offices in the D.C. area, Samaritan Ministry helps about 2,000 people a year. Volunteer and paid case workers “empower” program participants to visualize and achieve their personal next steps, including a non-driver ID card, an email address, computer literacy, part- or full-time employment, a high school equivalency degree, job-readiness-training, housing, and benefits to which they are entitled. Like the Good Samaritan, Samaritan Ministry attends to the ongoing emotional, spiritual, and material (toiletries, business clothes, transportation money, gift cards, food) needs of its participants.

Samaritan Ministry has long been supported by the volunteer work and donations of All Souls’ parishioners and with grants from our endowment. I have been involved with Samaritan Ministry since 2000, including serving on its Board and as an officer from 2008-2014, and other All Souls parishioners have served on its Board and as front office coordinators, resume writing and computer tutors, parish representatives, and clothing bank, toiletries, food, and Christmas party coordinators.

The All Souls Outreach Committee and I invite fellow parishioners to support and learn more about Samaritan Ministry by attending – virtually – its biggest annual event, its Next Step Breakfast, on Saturday, March 20, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM with emcee Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. The Rev. David Wolf, Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry, will offer inspiring words, and a program participant and a volunteer will provide testimonials. 

Please CLICK HERE to register before the March 17, 6:00 PM deadline. List "All Souls Episcopal Church" as your organization and "Kurt Jacobs" as your table captain. If you have any questions, please contact me 202-445-5527.


Last Published: March 12, 2021 7:19 AM
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