Learn the stories of people you pass everyday. Help cashlessly and effectively.

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.

  • Bring simple kindness and sustaining resources to someone without a home. learn more →

  • Citygoer Sees Homelessness

    What went through your mind when you last saw this?

    "I don't have time…" "I don't have cash…" "Will cash help?"

  • Read Beacon Holder's Story

    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.

  • Redeeming Items

    The beacon holder can use funds at partnered stores or nonprofits to buy what they need to survive or leave the street.

  • Check-Ins with Counselor

    To keep their beacon active, beacon holders meet with a counselor monthly to set and follow up on goals.

  • Beacon Holder Success

    Over time, good things happen in the context of good relationships—from housing to job training, addiction recovery, and employment.

These are our neighbors.

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.

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You're bringing the human side back into my life, and I'm grateful to be a part of it. - Janice W Beacon Holder

Learn this person's story by searching their &handle in the Samaritan app.

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

Learn this person's story by searching their &handle in the Samaritan app.

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

Learn this person's story by searching their &handle in the Samaritan app.

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

Learn this person's story by searching their &handle in the Samaritan app.

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