A Message from the President

By Lauren Vaughan

Greetings and Happy New Year! Yes, HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I too, am excited to put 2020 to rest, and welcome all the hope and promise of 2021. We can all agree that 2020 was an unprecedented year, but with God’s infinite grace and mercy, Samaritan Inns continues to provide structured housing and recovery services to homeless and at-risk men, women, and
families suffering from addictions.

I joined the Samaritan Inns family a few months ago because of my deep passion for the organization’s commitment to serving our city’s most vulnerable. Each day, I’m awestruck by the passionate commitment and loving care provided to our clients by the staff here at Samaritan Inns. Despite how difficult this work is—and how much more difficult it is during a pandemic, the team keeps showing up, working through the chaos and giving their ALL, each and every day. They work tirelessly to ensure the men, women and families we serve get the support and care that everyone deserves.

Like so many non-profits, Samaritan Inns has also been dramatically impacted by the pandemic. It has forced us to change how we conduct every aspect of our operations; and required us to reduce our capacity in order to keep our residents and our staff safe. But thankfully with God’s help, we make it work and I’m pleased to report that all Samaritan Inns programs have remained open throughout the pandemic; and that the number of COVID cases amongst our residents and our staff has been minimal. We have certainly been blessed and we are excited to open the doors to our brand new Women’s Transitional Treatment Program on Ontario Road later this month, making it the only program of its kind in DC.

Samaritan Inns has been providing exemplary services for more than 35 years, and we look to build on our legacy and increase the number of individuals we can serve. Over the years, Samaritan Inns has evolved to meet the changing needs of those we serve with innovative programs and services. What began as one transitional home in the heart of DC, has developed into a full treatment and recovery continuum with eight transitional homes and a proven formula in combating homelessness and addictions. Over the next several years, we will build on the vision and strength of Samaritan Inns through the addition of an outpatient treatment center for men and women; and a long-term recovery program for families.

We have much to do in this fight to combat homelessness and addictions and rebuild lives. But Scripture tells us that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

On behalf of the men, women and families we serve, our staff and our Board of Directors, and everyone involved with Samaritan Inns, I thank you for your continued support and I wish you a blessed New Year filled with peace, abundance, and bright moments. Please stay safe.

With gratitude,

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