Volunteer with Samaritan Group; support those in need of shelter

CHESTERTOWN — Each year, from January through March, The Samaritan Group, a Kent County nonprofit, operates the overnight emergency winter shelter for those in the Kent County community who are experiencing homelessness.

When the doors open each evening, the shelter’s guests are welcomed into a safe, warm space
for the night. The shelter’s staff facilitate this process with invaluable support from volunteers
who greet guests, provide dinner, share conversation, pack lunches for the next day and
provide whatever other assistance the shelter’s staff needs.

To become a part of The Samaritan Group’s volunteer team, apply to be a volunteer for the 2024 shelter season.

As a volunteer, you will decide how often you volunteer and choose shifts that suit your
schedule. The shelter is open for 13 weeks and each week there are 28 volunteer shifts that
need to be filled, so there is plenty of opportunity to serve the community and flexibility in how you do so.

Whether you choose to be a dinner host for a single meal or are inspired to sign up to be an evening host once a week, your time and energy will be welcome.

Daily volunteer opportunities at The Samaritan Group shelter are listed here.

Evening host volunteers (two per shift)
● 5:30-10 p.m. shift
● support the shelter director with welcoming guests
● ensure shelter expectations are met throughout the evening

Meal host volunteers (one-four per shift)
● 5:45-7:30 p.m. shift (approximate)
● provide nutritious dinner and serve to shelter guests and volunteers at 6 p.m.
● join guests for dinner and conversation

Overnight volunteers (one per shift)
● 10 p.m.-8 a.m. shift
● sleep overnight in separate volunteer space
● in the event of an emergency, provide support to the paid overnight staff

While volunteers sign up for individual slots, you are welcome to coordinate with friends, family or groups to share in the volunteer experience.

Invite a friend or partner to also apply to be a volunteer and choose shifts where you can volunteer together.

Volunteers also are encouraged to reach out to members of their book group, religious community, exercise class or other group to join you in providing and hosting a meal.

The emergency shelter is hosted by and housed at the following locations, all in the Chestertown area:
● January: Chestertown Church of the Nazarene, 6943 Church Hill Road
● February: First United Methodist, 105 S. Mill St.
● March: Chestertown Presbyterian Church, 905 Gateway Drive

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, email The Samaritan
Group volunteer coordinator Melanie Keller at volunteer@samaritangroupofkentcounty.org.

If you are in need of emergency shelter, contact Kent County Department of Social Services at 410-810-7600 or visit the office during business hours at 350 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

The Samaritan Group’s emergency overnight shelter is open to guests from 5:30 p.m. until 8 a.m. every day through the end of March.

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