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Last Chance to Donate Halloween Costumes is October 12!


 Please consider helping the more than 600 children who rely on us to provide their Halloween Costumes. It is important for children to build these childhood memories just like their more affluent peers.  We are accepting new costumes sized Infant to Teen Plus/Adult Small. 

Please deliver costumes to Samaritan House. 



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Another Flix Alfresco in the books! Many thanks to those who joined us for mingling and a movie under the stars! Join the League of New Samaritans - the young professionals network supporting Samaritan House! As a member, you'll have access to fun networking events and so much more! 

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 The most important thing you can do is help another human being.” — John Kelly 

John Kelly, former executive director and widely recognized as the “Father of Samaritan House,” has dedicated his life to helping our neighbors in need. John’s legacy is a lifetime of selfless dedication to improve the lives of those who are struggling to survive. In honor of John, the Samaritan House Legacy Society has a new name, The John Kelly Legacy Circle.

Join people like Robert (Bob) Grassilli, Jr., Samaritan House Advisory Council member, long-time donor and volunteer, who want to build a brighter future filled with hope for thousands of low-income and homeless San Mateo County families and individuals.

I am supporting Samaritan House with a Legacy Gift, because the help that Samaritan House gives touches many lives.  Food, Medical Care, Clothing -- basic necessities of life that everyone needs.  A gift to Samaritan House is a gift for human kindness.” – Robert Grassilli, Jr.

Designate a gift to Samaritan House through a will, trust, or other planned gift and have a lasting impact for generations to come. To join the John Kelly Legacy Circle all you need to do is tell us that your gift is in place. Contact Mary Dunbar at 650-523-0825 or send an email to We respect your right to privacy and will keep your intention confidential if you wish.




 Interview with Bill Graham, President, Sequoia Hospital and  

Marie Violet, Director, Health and Wellness Center, Sequoia Hospital

With Mary Dunbar, Samaritan House


Over the past year, Samaritan House has featured healthcare partner leaders in celebration of their generous financial, in-kind, and volunteer support of our Redwood City and San Mateo Free Clinics. We are grateful to the many healthcare institutions, volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses, and other volunteers who have kept our Free Clinics in operation for 25 years. It is through their individual and collective support that tens of thousands of uninsured, low-income patients have received quality primary and specialty healthcare in San Mateo County.


Mary Dunbar: Thank you so much for meeting with me today, Bill and Marie! Samaritan House is grateful for the long partnership we’ve enjoyed with Sequoia Hospital.

This past year Sequoia Hospital had 1,611 encounters with the Samaritan House Redwood City Free Clinic patients and provided a total of $593,699.00 of in-kind lab and radiology services.

In conversations with other healthcare leaders like you, I've discovered that the vision for each nonprofit hospital’s community engagement is often much greater than the community benefit requirements the I.R.S. dictates. People may be surprised to learn that hospitals like Sequoia donate a significant amount of time, money, and resources to the community. What's your vision for Sequoia Hospital and its role in the community over the next few years?

Bill Graham: I always go back to the fact that Sequoia was formed by the community. We were a district hospital created through a special vote of the population back in the mid-1940s to serve the health needs of the local residents. Ultimately, that’s our job—to provide very high-quality care and an unparalleled patient experience to our neighbors in the communities we serve. As Sequoia evolves over the coming years, we’ll continue to diversify the work that we do. We’re exploring strategic partners that allow us to build and develop new programs to meet the changing needs of the community, as well as to provide care in the outpatient setting. We know that care is shifting from inpatient (in a hospital setting) to outpatient. One of our main areas of focus will be ensuring we have enough primary care and specialty physicians to effectively address this change in the care setting.

An important means of defining Sequoia’s role in the community is through the Community Health Needs Assessment and our own annual Community Benefit Report. These tools help assess and address the most urgent health needs in the county.

Mary: How exactly are those urgent health needs identified?

Marie Violet: The Healthy Community Collaborative is made of representatives from local hospitals, the county health department, the Peninsula Health Care District, and other health care providers. The collaborative, of which Sequoia Hospital was a founding member, was convened in 1994 when California first adopted the community benefit requirement (SB-697). Together, we conduct the triannual Community Health Needs Assessment. Our Community Advisory Committee is deeply involved in this process, giving input and advice on the ranking of the resultant 21 community health needs. They help prioritize which specific needs Sequoia Hospital should make a focus.

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