Samaritan House, located at 3 Morgan Terrace, Wellsboro, is a community ministry coordinated by St. Peter's Catholic Parish. We offer residence to a person with an irreversible illness within the last three months of their life. Hospitality and comfort are provided by community volunteers in cooperation with a certified home health agency and area ministry.
We believe that comfort can be maintained as death approaches in this home setting of warmth and personalized care. Our approach is holistic. Physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs are addressed, as we affirm life without hastening or postponing death.
Referrals may come from social workers, community health nurses, families, physicians, as well as dying individuals. Preference is given to those whose economic or psycho-social resources are lacking, or to those who are unable to remain in their own homes.
Our commitment flows from a belief in the dignity and value of every person. As a Christian community, we are called by Christ to act as a Good Samaritan to each other and welcome everyone with the same unconditional love.
The time and talents of many enable this ministry to exist. Thus, volunteers are our greatest resource. We invite interested people of all ages from the area to this interfaith community of service. The opportunity to share another's precious last days of living is indeed a privilege and a blessing. Orientation and training is provided for those who meet the volunteer requirements. Training may include periodic in-service education.
Samaritan House charges no fee. We are supported by donations, grants, and fundraising efforts.
“Before and above all things, care must be taken of the sick, that they be served in very truth as Christ is served.” - Rule of St. Benedict
Our Mission We believe that, as a Christian community, we are called by Christ to imitate the charity of the Good Samaritan.We welcome the dying in a spiritually-supportive and caring environment. We provide physical, emotional and social care to our guests during their end-of -life experience. firstname.lastname@example.org