Mission: Provide recuperative care place for people who are homeless and in need of short-term care following a hospital or emergency room stay.
Population Served: Homeless men and women following a hospital or emergency room stay.
History: Samaritan House was first conceived in 2003 by two women responding to “Living in the Shadows,” a work commissioned by the Mecklenburg County Commission to identify the needs of homeless people living in Mecklenburg County. Eight individuals formed a mission team and in 2005 SH received its first recuperating guests. Since then, SH has served 1200 overnight guests and 80% did not return to the streets, shelters or hospitals after completing the SH program. Additionally, nearly $300 million in hospital bed days have been saved at SH’s cost of only $2.6 million.
Approach: SH emphasizes the gospel values of love, dignity, respect and welcoming inclusion. They provide short-term recuperative care for homeless men and women following a hospital or emergency room stay. In addition to food and shelter, guests are provided fellowship through partnerships with local churches and organization, as well as transportation for medical needs, resource information for employment, housing and other social services.
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