Samaritan House wants to work closely with hospital personnel to meet homeless care and needs. Occasionally we have had to turn down referrals based upon several different factors. To make this process easier and more understandable for both Social Workers and Samaritan House, we have updated the following information for all Social Workers and Medical Personnel wanting to refer a patient:
Please understand, based upon our mission, Samaritan House is not a shelter, transitional housing or half-way house program. We are strictly a short term medical recuperative care facility for the homeless in Mecklenburg County. Most importantly, the length of stay for each patient is based upon the medical condition of the patient and the recuperative time a doctor recommends.
Cases That We Cannot Accept:
We do not accept patients who have chronic conditions or long-term needs. Patients must be able to monitor their medications, take care of basic needs and wound care. We do not have medical staff, however patients needing home health, occupational or physical therapy can be accepted if prearranged prior to admissions.
We do not accept discharges from: Behavioral Health, jail, detox facilities or self-referral.
If you are unsure, please submit the referral and a staff member will contact you to discuss.
All patients should be transported directly from the hospital to Samaritan House. Once a patient is at Samaritan House, transportation can be provided to and from scheduled doctor/medical appointments Monday thru Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm. Please do not schedule patient appointments before 8:00am or later than 4:00pm or outside Mecklenburg County.
Hours/Days of Intake:
Intake for new guests is Monday thru Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm for Samaritan House transport.
Samaritan House intake is on a first come-first serve basis. Our facility has 12 beds.
Samaritan House is a coed group home, it is important that the patient is appropriate for group living. Patients should understand and agree that they cannot leave the property without being escorted by a staff member and/or certified volunteer. Exceptions can be approved by the Executive Director or Director of Guest Services.
All patients referred to Samaritan House will be screened for criminal backgrounds locally and nationwide including the national sex offender database.
Patients will not be accepted
Assault on Females (multiple counts)
Violent charges/convictions including the following:
*Assault with Deadly Weapon
*Robbery (with a deadly weapon)
*Assault on law enforcement and/or medical personnel
*Child / Elderly Abuse
*Kidnapping / Hostage related
*Murder and/or Attempted Murder
Background checks that Samaritan House does include active warrants locally and nationwide. If a patient has an active warrant they cannot be approved for intake.
If you have any questions about a referral, please contact us directly and we will be glad to assist in any way we can.