for nonprofits

build stronger, more consistent relationships with those you serve

Samaritan beacons enable tens of thousands of city residents to join you in serving the houseless. Critical needs are funded and beacon holders stay within a web of care.

how it works

  • Distribution

    Give beacons on outreach or where you are to connect with
    individuals who might not normally access services.


  • App User Reads Story

    Good samaritans with the app can learn their story
    and give to the person's beacon.

  • Redemption at Merchant Partners

    The beacon can be used with dignity at any
    partnered merchant for helpful goods and services.

    Where Can Beacons Be Used?
  • Check Ins

    Beacon holders have monthly 1-on-1s with you to
    keep their beacon active.

  • Beacon Holder Success

    Through relationships of trust, you counsel beacon
    holders through their personal journey to
    housing, recovery, employment, and more.

Beacons have created a sense of excitement and hope for clients. I’ve been able to form relationships I wouldn’t have otherwise. - Caleb H Counselor Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
People decide for us what we need all the time. We know what we need. The beacon makes us a little more independent. - Michael C now-housed Beacon Holder

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

This is an amazing model because it provides two critical components for an individual: real capital and social capital. Both are truly needed. - David W Samaritan App User
Beacons are an effective way to bring people’s humanity back. Socialization creates social change. - Nick L Counselor
Vulcan c7a585ef5e36ff4f38437fcc9cb8890c02e3facfa37cc8cd1c8001c8c4d4c87b
Marys place f91615d3e86d4392e1e34a43683b8bc324ee5102e4535683dc1a2ad653feb1b1
Amazon 9bff1e21a625972cbe7264423e85bac18d714214f4d74a43d9430fc77cf8a74c
Goodwill seattle 1d0d02d24bf036f98e92d3fdcecd096ad6346a1b68257b3acef33848d68e8454
Grocery outlet eb009e680902584c2cc7fa59cb2cca23226d826fc7c4a80fc19d260c09d1bda1
St vincent de paul 74cc9e4a406cb1fec125c96437fbba4f698c81ddb1c013ec1e608c0bf0dffe2e
Nordstrom cd129626b0989f4a4db11cd69c3c178580af252c924c81546bd37aea9bdf10bc
Deloitte 10fb96097dbe36427c255782c3fe06c464c90c342ad4653a03735633af624e2c
King county metro 094f83c019f31a1bf298129495c372c9afcc881634442be18ba3bd9d21a13a2a
Millionair club charity 41c06ab8377b77303bef1d117a171856ef7b1c5fa4d125115aa7a1ea89626209
Facebook 2e98ecd40b79a51fb4486409796bbebd8ac5fac7697bfc8da0a6e3c9cf4cefea
Costco b7cf64f3aef5a240900935df13f75de7024025def6495bab1463a0e86ff05c3e
Outdoor emporium 32165a0eec1b278ed8d276e64eafcbf296051d3b84657341936b7e8dd1e186af
Pike market senior center 2f289ff84c69785a3827070ef3fbbca93856cab52a9ba5cf90fa117d93e9ecbc
Street bean coffee belltown 5c4365711cb829f0407f68eef897b942f304c00e7716cb6e2830ef0e641d2344
Zulily 9179c67c100c1326304a5fd97b14da514cc05ff1a2704ffa794ef8fe6fc7668c
Union gospel mission 7d3bf36bba0db1423a70ca0e080043650cddeaa7d05e731f1c8a9fdafe843af0
Tune 05bfba3014b9583147b716408370b7ebc67e375726684357dd780cd09b931449
Docusign 76a9dbb043cd80d8701e528519c9448e194a8c62c766f72d93ca16ee63998f39
Army navy surplus 87bdd6ddde8a098315c80ecf5bdc67d7d69813503dec3da950ce65c44ae083b6
La bodega 2905406a53584ce01a8abcd4dd258a5b3fae0285750111987951e2fff905064d
Lane powell 46404a0a143a3bc572fa38570751700c86713ba704d54bc30446b696d13ac299
Rover aa4ec2e9c2d6e8dec65eb507b4769e302e801adb619913947084d7d307811ed2

Want to help? Whether you’re a church, company, or local merchant, there’s a way to invest in our unsheltered.

we believe in your work.

And we understand the challenge you face to communicate needs, solicit and collect contributions, and then manage their distribution. Samaritan solves this challenge.

There are thousands of smartphone-carrying commuters passing by the people you love and care for every hour. Most feel compassion, but also helpless to make a real difference. Samaritan turns each passing by into an opportunity for action.

Beacon holders are empowered with choice on how to spend money with safe partners, which can help bring them back to a place of dignity they once had. When they visit you 1-on-1 to keep their beacon active, relationships have resulted in trust, housing, even employment.

These touchpoints also result in unprecedented data that helps you see over time how an individual is progressing, regressing, and why. You can report this data back to your supporters, and then get ahead of the factors that are keeping people where they are.

All of us are impacted by homelessness—all of us can help end it.


Request Beacons Schedule a Call