The samaritan app reveals the story of unsheltered people whom you pass by daily. You can give towards critical needs and create lifelines of hope.
What went through your mind when you last saw this?
"I don't have time…" "I don't have cash…" "Will cash help?"
Samaritan uses bluetooth to send you a notification when you’re close to a homeless beacon holder. You can learn of their story and give directly towards critical, unmet needs.
The beacon holder can use funds at partnered stores or nonprofits to buy what they need to survive or leave the street.
To keep their beacon active, beacon holders meet with a counselor monthly to set and follow up on goals.
Over time, good things happen in the context of good relationships—from housing to job training, addiction recovery, and employment.
As much as others ignore them, you don't have to.
We're never more likely to do something than in the moment we see the need with our own two eyes.
This app exists to provide a simple, compassionate response.
I can't forget how fragile my situation was. Support from city samaritans is how I kept myself pointed in the right direction. - Michael M Now-Housed Beacon Holder
It gives my clients the ability to care for their own needs with dignity, honor, and gratitude. - Emily Ishiki Community Advocate REST
This is another lifeline. It’s awesome. Makes me feel almost normal again. Like part of the human race almost. - Heidi Miller Beacon Holder
The beacon is really a healthy way of telling your story. [A donation] truly always came when I needed it. - Richard Now-Housed Beacon Holder