A Celebration of New Minitry!
On Sunday, Sept. 12, we will welcome representatives of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW), as we celebrate a new chapter of our mission partnership. St. Paul’s was one of the 20 original Partner Parishes that got Samaritan going in 1986-88, in which our own Christiana Carter was one of the original Board members and Partner Reps! The “new chapter” is that we at St. Paul’s are becoming a new SMGW satellite site in the old – but newly renovated – St. Paul’s Cottage! It is targeted to open in October but, as many of you know, this has been in the works for over a year! Next Sunday we will properly launch this new ministry, with Executive Director (Rev.) David B. Wolf preaching, along with other members of Samaritan’s Staff, Board of Directors, and Partner Council joining us.
SMGW works with our many neighbors in the Washington area who live in, or on the edge of, poverty – empowering them to set life goals and accomplish them in partnership with a dedicated SMGW Caseworker. Caseworkers are at once coaches and expert navigators, who guide participants in taking Next Steps to achieve them. SMGW pioneered the Next Step program over 35 years ago, a ministry which started in the basement of St. Stephen’s & the Incarnation. The neighbors Samaritan serves are called “participants” because they participate in their own change. A significant part of our work includes STRIVE career job training/placement, which is part of a national workforce development affiliation through STRIVE National in NYC. The strategy behind Samaritan’s new site is to draw in more participants from the North Capitol/Northeast corridor. SMGW currently has 5 locations: Hamilton Street, NW next to Christ Lutheran Church; Good Hope Road in SE, one at the Skyland Workforce Center in Ward 7, and another @ St. Phillip’s Episcopal, Anacostia. We also have sites at Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Silver Spring; and, Trinity Episcopal, Arlington, VA.
We at St. Paul’s look forward to this great new chapter in mission partnership with Samaritan Ministry, as we become its sixth and newest satellite site! To learn more, visit www.samaritanministry.org