There’s No Place Like Hope Event

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There’s No Place Like Hope Event

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Friday, November 4th, 2016, the Samaritan House co-hosted an event with Levine Cancer Institute at Levine’s Museum of the New South. The food was great and drinks were enjoyed by everyone as well as the fantastic museum exhibits. Board President Rod Wilkes engaged the audience by introducing what the mission of Samaritan House is and how valuable every contribution can be to serving our guests. A video of one of our past and most beloved guests was shown to explain that Samaritan House really is a place of healing and opportunity for those individuals and patients in unfortunate circumstances. Ruth and Frita, our founding members, gave a sentimental speech about how their first offices were in a train station and how much Samaritan House has grown for the better. Another moving narrative was made by Brad Goforth “the fat guy” who is always around, who keeps Samaritan House operational by doing enough work for 5 people every single day, along with our 3 other staff members. We thank Dr. Raghavan, an oncologist and the president of Levine Cancer Institute for making this night possible and for teaming up with us to continue to provide a safe haven for homeless cancer patients. We particularly thank Ashley Sumrall and all of our board members for putting this event together. The donations and generosity were more than we could ever expect.

 

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unknownWe have been given a special challenge! The Leon Levine Foundation has offered a matching grant of up to $20,000 as a match in donations. This is a dollar for dollar match for all new, increased and lapsed donations we receive now until November 30th, 2016! All funds will go towards helping our cancer patients achieve remission or other positive outcomes from their cancer treatments.

So far, the  new program for our cancer patients has been a growing success. Our first guest had her lung cancer go into total remission and a second guest is in the final stages of her treatment plan and is having very positive results! For this reason we ask your help, to be able to prove that the Samaritan House is an effective means toward healing members of our homeless population, including those who have the most serious of illness-cancer.

Any new gift, renewal of giving, or increase in giving can help us achieve our goals with this grant. It all helps us meet the challenge of caring for these seriously ill people who otherwise face premature death. If interested in donating, you may do so through our website, mail or by stopping by the house and dropping it off. Together, we can achieve some great things for our community.

Click below to access our direct donation link!

http://samaritanhousecharlotte.org/donations/

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Friday, November 4th at 5:30 pm at Levine Museum of the New South

A Message from our hosts-

Dear Friends,

As the fall season rapidly descends upon us, there is little doubt your calendars are filling up just as quickly. Today, we write to ask you to make room for an altruistic and incredibly important fundraiser to help those in the most desperate of situations – specifically the homeless in our community who are fighting cancer and are on chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.

Since 2005, the Samaritan House has graciously and expertly provided temporary respite and recuperative care to Mecklenburg County’s homeless men and women in need following a hospital stay or emergency room visit. Operating on a shoe-string budget and living largely hand-to-mouth, Samaritan House offers healing hope to medically vulnerable individuals most often displaced through loss of employment or marginalized due to other mitigating life circumstances. Greater than 80% of Samaritan House guests achieve recovery with return to permanent housing, a true testament to the organization’s success and dedication.

In recent years, the organization has generously accepted the risk of caring for the patients from Levine Cancer Institute who are homeless and undergoing complex and often lengthy cancer treatments. This courageous act has placed increased burden on the facility as patients stay longer, require increased transportation and additional supportive management services not previously required. Of importance, most of the unfortunate people in this setting have been displaced from their homes through economic circumstances, bankruptcies, loss of employment and other very unhappy circumstances.
If not for the Samaritan House opening its doors and rooms to our patients, the alternative of recovering from treatment side effects like nausea and fatigue without the benefit of a bed or even protection from the elements is unconscionable.

Thus, we, our staff and our colleagues have taken on the task of helping the Samaritan House achieve financial stability and possible future expansion so they may continue their critical mission of providing priceless care to those in greatest need.

We invite you to join us on this imperative endeavor. After all, there really is no place like hope.

Kindest regards,

Rod Wilkes, President, Board of Directors at Samaritan House
Derek Raghavan MD PhD, President, Levine Cancer Institute/Carolinas HealthCare System
Ashley Sumrall, MD, Head, Medical Neuro-Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute
Mellisa Wheeler, MHA, Senior Social Worker & Outreach Coordinator, Levine Cancer Institute.

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