Volunteers are the backbone of our Shelter. They assist in carrying out the meaningful duties required for our continued success.
Consider volunteering in the following ways:
Food Bank and Soup Kitchen Help is needed on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s from 12:30 to 2 pm in the Food Bank. The work involves making food bags and distributing to those in need.
On Wednesday’s and Friday’s, help is needed from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Soup Kitchen. Work involves finishing prep for the meals and making to-go containers to distribute to those in need.
Child care, general kitchen help preparing dinner for residents, office help, arts and crafts classes (your choice on the subjects!) and workshops twice a month on topics such as parenting, cooking and nutrition, balancing checkbooks and general financial overviews of how to manage money and expenses.
Handyman and construction projects such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and painting.
organization. We are also a faith-based organization, providing assistance in the form of shelter, meals and a food distribution outlet. We strive to provide compassionate advocacy services, while encouraging hope and self-sufficiency within the community.
Who is served at the shelter?
We are open to all regardless of race, creed or national origin, those who are unemployed, victims of disaster, and those for one reason or another find themselves homeless. All residents, however, must be drug free.
Who operates the Shelter?
The facilities are operated by Samaritan Ministries, Inc., a non-profit Christian charity that consists of 16 volunteer board members from our local community meeting monthly. Our paid staff consists of a director that is at the shelter daily and three house managers that perform the many responsibilities needed daily. We are here 24 hours a day.
What are our sources of income and support?
We are supported by the generosity of area churches, civic groups and businesses in the community. We also receive local, state and federal funding, and we receive generous support from the United Way, the City of Pocomoke, the Worcester County Commissioners and the Community Foundation. We also gratefully receive the support of many faithful individuals in the community that not only contribute monetarily but also much needed in-kind donations such as groceries, appliances, time and most importantly -- prayer.
How do we really help the residents?
Our goal is not to simply "warehouse" our residents. We want to offer the kind of help that enables those in crisis to re-achieve self sufficiency and then maintain this recovery and transition to a successful future. In some cases we assist residents with finding help at drug and alcohol treatment centers. We have detailed lists of area landlords to help with places to live. We have relationships with all of the appropriate government agencies and programs. And we will help with bus fare so residents can get to job interviews and jobs once hired. We also track the long-term success of our residents. Most importantly we try to ensure that each resident receives an introduction to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the truest source of complete healing. We support that healing by providing transportation to area churches, weekly bible study and free bibles upon request.
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