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.
Sometimes, you can feel really invisible and it can kind of feel a lot of times like there's no help out there. It was just nice to have people be like 'Yea, we really want to help.' - Laura Now-Housed Beacon Holder
Even when I don’t have faith in myself, or feel I can’t make it, this just gives me a extra… oomph. - Lamar J Beacon Holder
I've enjoyed my community caring about me even if someone gives only a dollar, it feels like a million. - Melissa M Beacon Holder
The number one question I’m asked is, ‘Jeff, how do I respond when asked for help on the street?’ Samaritan is an answer to that question. - Jeff Lilley former CEO of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission