By Kimberly Paulk, Senior Connector at SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits
Marianne was ready to go home after being hospitalized for a hysterectomy. The only problem was she had no home to go to.
All of the things involved in a successful recuperation, like careful attention to medication and the rest needed to heal, become nearly impossible for the homeless when they are released from the hospital. Here in Charlotte, however, they can find a haven in Samaritan House.
Samaritan House provides recuperative care for homeless men and women in need of short term care following a hospital or emergency room stay. All guests enter the program through a referral system used by social workers and authorized medical personnel at area hospitals.
For Marianne (although that’s not her real name), this meant she had a safe place to go where she would have help with her recovery until she was ready to move on. The average length of a guest’s stay at Samaritan House is 17 days, and 80% of those that complete the program move on to better things such as other programs, their own residence or to live with friends or family.
Samaritan House runs with a very small staff, and they love volunteers! Learn more at SHARE Charlotte.
Landscaping and yard work – There’s always something to do around the house, and Samaritan House is no exception! Great for groups.
Help with paperwork – Assist guests with social services paperwork, resumes, etc. Great for individuals over 18