Honoring heroes in the San Mateo community

Samaritan House and Sutter Health/Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, along with over 500 guests, recently gathered to celebrate Samaritan House’s Free Clinic volunteers. The clinics provide free healthcare to 2,175 low-income, uninsured patients each year in San Mateo County. Over the past 25 years, the clinics have mobilized the resources of the community by organizing volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals to serve low-income men and women.

The event, “Health Heroes Unmasked: What’s Your Superpower?” recognized local heroes for their service. Proceeds from the event will help Samaritan House continue to provide quality healthcare to those in need, free of charge.

Bank of America, a Colossus of Caring sponsor of the event, presented the “Heart of Samaritan House Award,” given annually to an individual or individuals who have been heroes to the community. This year there were two recipients: San Mateo Free Clinic co-founders Dr. William Schwartz and Dr. Walter Gaines.

Thanks to community partners like Bank of America, we can provide essential medical and dental services to our neighbors in need.

Jason Wong, M.D.
Medical Director – Health Care Clinics, Samaritan House

Bank of America has been a longtime supporter of the clinic’s work. Samaritan House received the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award in 2012.

Founded in 1974, Samaritan House empowers people living in poverty and guides them toward self-reliance. The organization is the largest nonprofit truck-to-table food distribution agency in San Mateo County. Samaritan House offers free services including shelter and housing assistance, medical and dental clinics, clothes for children, personalized case management and more.



Open Location
Open How we're involved