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Meet Gene, a Samaritan House guest battling cancer. Samaritan House is a not-for-profit recuperative care place for people who are homeless and in need of short term care following a hospital or emergency room stay. Samaritan House emphasizes the gospel values of love, dignity, respect and welcoming inclusion. While Samaritan House is established out of our faith as Christians, it is intended to be a place of healing and hospitality for all persons.

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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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Charlotte’s Samaritan House shelter erected a “crutch Christmas tree” Thursday to celebrate the unique segment of the homeless population it serves. The small nonprofit, which soon celebrates its 10th anniversary, takes in homeless people who have been discharged from the hospital and need a place for short-term recuperation. It has helped 1,100 people in the past decade.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article9240755.html#storylink=cpy
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10th Anniversary Luncheon

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On March 5, 2015, Samaritan House celebrated its tenth anniversary in Charlotte. At its annual luncheon, nearly 200 people gathered to share in the celebration. Balloons and bright table decorations adorned the hall and each place setting held a Samaritan House mug, flexible flier, pen and a special “popper” for the end of the ceremonies. The hall soon filled with well wishers.

Dave RichardDeputy Secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services, Mr. Dave Richard, the keynote speaker, praised Samaritan House and all it was doing not only for Charlotte but as an example for the nation to emulate. “You are showing what a small group of people can do to solve a big problem in any community,” he said. “It is a testimony to your hard work that others are replicating what you do in other places.”

“The State just can’t do everything that needs to be done,” said Richard. “You can do some things much better than we can.”

 

RuthWoodendSamaritan House founders Ruth Woodend and Freda Schlaman were presented with two crystal bowls commemorating ten years of their leadership and encouragement. The bowls were presented by Ruth Woodend’s daughters who praised their accomplishments and expressed pride in their mother and Freda.

Samaritan House also recognized, for the first time, its “Volunteer Organization of the Year.” Inviting up Michael and Kathleen Ballard to the podium, it presented to Forest Hill Church. The Ballard’s lead one of the church’s eight life groups that volunteers at Samaritan House. It was noted that over 10,000 volunteer hours were performed at Samaritan House last year alone, through over 1,600 volunteers.

“Our work is not yet done,” said Brad Goforth, Samaritan House’s executive Director. “There is still a great need in our community with special groups such as cancer patients and families. We are looking very hard at ways we can help meet that need,” he said. “We are a grassroots organization and it’s only through the help of our donors and our volunteers that we can accomplish what needs to be done.”

At the end of the ceremony, everyone raised their “popper” over their heads and with a shout of “Happy Birthday!” pulled the strings and sent the confetti inside flying into the air. It was a great end to the first ten years and the start of many more.

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Actor J.R. Adduci, who plays “Bobby” from the Morris-Jenkins commercials, spent Tuesday morning eating breakfast with staff and clients at Samaritan House – where homeless people recover after being released from the hospital after surgery. Morris-Jenkins owner Dewey Jenkins has supported Samaritan House for over a decade through Rotary Club nonprofit projects. Brad Goforth, executive director of Samaritan House, is a fan of “Bobby” and was excited about his visit.

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