Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES SAMARITAN HOUSE DO?

Samaritan Houseprovides short term recuperative care for homeless men and women in a home like setting. We provide our guests clean bedrooms, bath facilities, nutritious meals and trasnportation to appointments.

HOW IS SAMARITAN HOUSE FUNDED?

Samaritan House is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 grass-roots agency. We accept no funding from local, state or federal agencies and we are not affiliated witha specific religion or hospital nor do we ask for any financial contribution from our guests. We are solely funded by donations from the local faith community, provate individuals and through grants from charitable foundations.

HOW DOES SAMARITAN HOUSE ACCEPT ITS GUESTS?

Samaritan House uses a medical referral system. Local medical facilities (hospitals, hospital ED's, etc.) refer a patient to us and after a complete background check and other review, we then are able to accept a patient as a guest ifbed space is available. Samaritan House utilizes this system on a first come-first serve basis as we are not able to maintain a "waiting list".

WHAT IS SAMARITAN HOUSE'S GOAL?

Our goal is provide a safe place for people who are homeless to recuperate from illness or injury. By doing this, we not only care for those who need help, but we also help reduce the cost to the community by preventing repeat hospitalization and improving medical outcomes for indigent patients.

HOW LONG CAN A GUEST STAY?

The maximum length of stay is 45 days and the average is about 17 days.

IS SAMARITAN HOUSE SUCCESSEFUL?

Absolutely yes. In our first 13 years (since 2005), we have provided recuperative care for more than 1,630 guests. Of those guests, 80% of them DID NOT return to the hospital, the street or the shelter. Accounting for more than 32,100 bed days, most of our guests go to their own place, with family or friends, move to permanent housing or into other social services programs such as treatment programs.

WHAT CAN THE PUBLIC DO?

We have great volunteer opportunites for individuals and groups. Please visit our "Volunteer" page for more information. You can also donate to our program. For more information on donating, please visit our "Donation" page on how to donate.

WHAT IS SAMARITAN HOUSE'S BUDGET?

Our budget is approximately $270,000.00 per year of which 88% goes directly into providing for our guests.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR A GUEST TO STAY AT SAMARITAN HOUSE COMPARED TO THE HOSPITAL?

The average hospital stay can be over $2000.00 per night while Samaritan House can house a guest for approximately $65.00 per night.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK FOR SAMARITAN HOUSE?

Samaritan House currently employs 4 full time employees. Our Executive Director, Facility Manager, Housekeeping Manager and a Guest Services Coordinator. All other needs are are met by our volunteers.

HOW MANY GUESTS CAN SAMARITAN HOUSE PROVIDE FOR?

Our maximum occupancy can be up to 12 guests. Because our facility is handicapped accessible, we are able to accommodate guests requiring the use of a wheelchair and/or a walker.

HOW MANY PEOPLE VOLUNTEER WITH SAMARITAN HOUSE?

Since 2005 and as of November 30, 2018 we have logged over 3,000 volunteers and averaged more 9,850 hours of service yearly including over 10,000 hours in 2017. In 2018 we are on pace to log more than 11,000 hours of volunteer service hours with our program. Once more reason why our volunteers have come to be known as "The HEART of Samaritan House".

DOES SAMARITAN HOUSE PROVIDE FOR JUST MEN?

No. We are able to accommodate both men and women.

CAN THE PUBLIC VISIT SAMARITAN HOUSE?

Yes. We welcome visitors to tour our house any day of the week between the hours of 10:00am and 8:00pm. Please call us to arrange a tour. Those wanting to visit a specific guest must call at least 324 hours in advance. Guest visiting hours are Monday thru Friday 9:30am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm.

OTHER QUESTIONS

If you have any additional questions not answered above, please use our "Contact Us" page or please call Samaritan House directl;y at (704) 333-0110 and ask for our Executive Director Brad Goforth or Facility Manager Gregg Chapman.