About Us

The Samaritan Shelter is a growing Christian ministry located in Pocomoke City, Maryland. We


The Samaritan Shelter began in 1986 when two concerned people recognized the sharp increase in our local homeless population.   Upon confirming this with the Pocomoke City Police Department and the Department of Social Services, discussions began about this growing crisis.

Before long the seven Lower Shore Presbyterian Churches had formed a board to formally combat homelessness in this area. Through the generosity of many area churches of differing faith as well as the Presbytery for Lower Delaware and Eastern Shore of Maryland, the board was able to purchase and renovate a house in Pocomoke --our current location. 

We begin with an interview where the resident's unique needs are recognized and a custom plan of action is formulated. This plan is then detailed on a daily activity list that documents each residents job search, housing progress and program compliance. This progress is followed up daily by staff members. This structure is designed to motivate the residents toward the ultimate goal of re-achieving self-reliance.

A typical stay at the shelter is based on the need of each individual and their compliance.




Samaritan Shelter Welcome





We provide shelter to those who are homeless and in crisis. Please call 410.957.4310 to do a pre-screen.



Hot nutritional lunches are served Wednesdays & Fridays from 11 am till. Lunches are available for anyone in need and can be eaten in our dining room or can be boxed-up and taken out.


Food Bank

The food bank is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1  to 2 pm. In order to receive food individuals must bring proof of residency such as a driver's license, lease, utility bill or valid ID.


You can only attend the food bank once per month.




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The Samaritan Shelter

offer assistance in an encouraging and accountable environment to individuals in a crisis situation.



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In 2009 the shelter expanded and opened a 5-bedroom women’s and children’s wing targeting a specific need in our community. This need was recognized and answered by funds raised by the Pocomoke Chapter of the Soroptimist Club.


Thousands of individuals and families have benefited from the compassion, care and generosity that filters through our shelter everyday.



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