Ministry ClienMission and Outreach Committee members distributed box lunches to Samaritan Ministry clients last Wednesday in a small act of kindness during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Lunch bags containing a Subway sandwich, homemade brownies (Gloria Ducker), fruit, chips and water were distributed to 12 clients at the Southeast Office, 1345 U Street, SE. Consistent with social distancing, we served the lunches on the front porch. Although clients were invited to come between 11 am and noon, a few showed up as early as 10 am. The community’s need for adequate food continues – and the need to get out of the house and go somewhere. Several passers-by stopped to ask about Samaritan Ministry’s program. The weather was beautiful.
Naima Harrison, Lead Case Worker at Samaritan’s Southeast office, 1345 U Street SE, has written to thank St. Timothy’s for remembering program participants at this challenging time.
During the pandemic, Samaritan Ministry offices across the region have adapted to continue to serve participants, maintaining abbreviated hours on its porches. Clients receive food, toiletries and mail, and schedule phone appointments for help with services such as filling out job applications, the Census 2020 form, and arranging Burial Assistance.
Thanks to Gloria Ducker for suggesting the lunch idea and to Shirley Emanuel and Laura Richards working with her to execute it. St. Timothy’s is one of the first parishes to affiliate with Samaritan Ministry. To learn more about this longstanding parish outreach initiative, please visit it online at https://www.samaritanministry.org/.