Samaritan Center for Homeless Families
Vero Beach, FL
Who They Are
The Samaritan Center is an inter-faith transitional, temporary shelter for homeless families in Indian River County.
What They Do
Families experiencing ‘homelessness’ are most often plagued by a variety of financial, emotional, social, interpersonal, medical, legal and parenting problems. In addition to giving a family temporary housing, the Samaritan Center provides intensive case management to address the factors that have caused the ‘homeless’ problem.
Programs offered families staying at the Samaritan Center include emotional support, parental training, medical referral, mental health counseling, life skills workshops, finance management, domestic skills training and ultimately- hope for the future of both the adults and children who make Samaritan Center their temporary “home”.
Participation in the Center’s savings program is mandatory for families staying at the Center. In this program, 75% of all resident income within each family system is applied directly to a savings account in preparation for a housing solution upon that family’s graduation from the Samaritan Center.
Twenty-four hour staff supervision is required to successfully provide and ensure the structure, discipline, guidance and safety required by the diverse family systems represented in our residence. Volunteers help fill in the gaps to support a smooth and consistent program operation. Tasks completed by volunteers include: office assistance, meal preparations, maintenance, transportation, mentoring, child care, organizing donated items, educational tutoring, fundraising, bulk mailings and special events.
- The Samaritan Center is an inter-faith transitional, temporary shelter for homeless families in Indian River County.
- The Samaritan Center is a program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc. and a United Way Agency
- Donations from the wish list; food, personal hygiene donations and financial contributions are accepted at the Samaritan Center. Please contact the Center for a current wish list or to be added to our newsletter mailing list.
- Their newsletter is published on a quarterly basis. The newsletter includes residents news, thank you's, our wish list and news on upcoming events
- Fundraisers: Two annual events: Annual Dinner in February and the Soup Bowl in the fall where local restaurants donate their specialty soup which is served at participating churches, businesses & schools.