Samaritan Inns’ mission is to provide structured housing and recovery services in an environment of support and accountability that give homeless or at risk individuals who suffer from drug and alcohol addictions the opportunity to rebuild their lives.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord “plans to
prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Samaritan Inns began in 1985 with one transitional home in the heart of Washington, DC, with a capacity to house 9 men desiring to overcome homelessness and addictions. Samaritan Inns’ founders, David Erickson and Killian Noe, felt called to respond to the increase in homelessness they observed in our Nation’s capital. Very soon, they discovered that serving the homeless meant more than providing shelter and food, but addressing a prevalent need for addictions services.
Over time, Samaritan Inns procured and completely renovated eight buildings, including a few former drug havens, across Washington, DC. Every year, these buildings are home to approximately 500 men and women as part of Samaritan Inns’ unique Recovery Continuum that equips these individuals to reclaim their relationships, careers, and lives.
Today, Samaritan Inns’ dedicated staff and volunteers continue to foster an environment of personal responsibility and loving respect for every man and woman who passes through Samaritan Inns’ doors. Individuals arrive broken and emerge whole persons, capable parents, and contributing members of society.
|1985||Mozart Place Inn for homeless men opens|
|1987||Fuller Street Inn for homeless men opens|
|1988||Harvard Street Inn for homeless pregnant women opens|
|1991||Lazarus House opens – 81 units of long-term community housing|
|1994||Tabitha’s House opens – 45 units of long-term affordable community housing|
|1998||28-day residential Intensive Recovery Program opens in permanent space|
|1999||Ontario Road Inn for men and Fairmont Street Inn for women are dedicated|
|2000||Elisha’s House opens – 49 units of long-term affordable community housing|
|2010||Twenty- fifth anniversary of Samaritan Inns|
|2015||Launch of the new Women with Children Program|
|2019||Opened new Transitional Living Program|