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.
You're bringing the human side back into my life, and I'm grateful to be a part of it. - Janice W Beacon Holder
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
I am convinced Samaritan is a great tool for teaching my kids (who ask often about homelessness) generosity and empathy. - Jason K Samaritan App User
Most of the time, homeless people are ignored. Months and months go by and no one says their name. This app stops that. - Zaneta R former Day Center Coordinator, Mary’s Place
This is the first time in seven years people have seen me for who I am, not what I look like or come from. - Nicole S 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 been on the streets 13 years. I’ve seen and heard everything. This probably has helped me more than anything else. - Raven 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