Samaritan designs smart wallets with and for people without a home. Outreach and care management teams use samaritan to engage people with the capital needed to reach housing and health goals.
So, how does social and financial capital work?
let’s talk money first
When a person gets a smart wallet (called a beacon), they set top-level goals with their care provider, plus corresponding action steps and needs for those goals. From there, they access funds from good samaritans looking to support their journey.
Individuals also earn $10-$20 bonuses by completing action steps towards their goals, such as successfully making it to a treatment, or building a resume (money for this comes from an Action Fund we can help you put together).
The funds are spent alongside the care provider to meet critical needs such as food, bills, prescriptions, move-in fees, transportation, and more.
everyone needs a team
Each member is backed by a team of professional and volunteer samaritans. Each team works to meet needs, reinforce action steps, and send encouragement or opportunities through the Samaritan app.
Care providers can set action steps for the member to connect with them or another partner at a beneficial cadence. We’ve seen providers use these touchpoints to build rapport, refer new resources, and plan out goals for the days ahead.
people move forward
These strengthened relationships, coupled with investment from the community, have helped individuals attain life-changing outcomes, such as a stable home.
It’s never been more important to help them find a safe and stable home.
Because when they reach home, it not only leads life-changing health outcomes, it opens up capacity to reach the next person sooner.
Lawrence Beacon Holder
Salvation Army Director of Outreach Ministries, Salvation Army
Jeff Lilley former CEO of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission
Richard Now-Housed Beacon Holder