Samaritan House, a Maryland Charity
While Chevys Fresh Mex is a national brand, our locations, Annapolis and Arundel Mills, are owned and operated by a local family. It’s no surprise that the locations and surrounding communities are very important to us. That is why we also feel the need to give back to the local communities that we hold dear. One of the charities we support is Samaritan House.
About Samaritan House
For 46 years, Samaritan House has been helping many individuals find a life free of addiction. Since 1986, they have been certified by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They specialize in long-term residential care and outpatient services for those suffering from substance abuse. Today, the non-profit boasts a higher success rate than the average treatment center. Their goals include helping individuals to stay sober, find jobs, renew relationships, and rebuild their lives. They provide a comprehensive system of care to all of those who enter through their doors.
In October 2015, to celebrate over 40 years of service and to expand its services, they launched the Campus of Recovery fundraising campaign. The $2.3 million campaign will aid in the development of expanded facilities and services to further meet the needs of the community. Samaritan House will be able to serve nearly 150 clients annually, effectively doubling the number of people being helped currently.
Over the years, Chevys has worked diligently alongside Samaritan House. For the past three years, Chevys has hosted Burritos for Beds. This fundraiser is held the week of Cinco de Mayo to raise money for campus renovations. We were able to raise over $200,000 to donate.
“Our motto, ‘We can do together what we cannot do alone.’, is so crucial. [Substance abuse] is a problem facing all of our lives and our children’s lives in this community.” – Tom O’Leary, VP of Board of Directors.
Currently, we are donating 50% of all ticket proceeds from our Kiddie Tours to Samaritan House. So far, Campus Recovery has raised $1.9 million through state and local funding. We are working to help meet this goal. Samaritan House should begin breaking ground in May 2018, and hopefully, the renovation will be complete by this time next year.
Unfortunately, 1 in 3 Maryland households suffers from substance abuse. Our hope is that through treatment and education, this number can be drastically reduced. If you are also interested in helping out, learn more on their website.