Samaritan Ministries is an interdenominational, volunteer based Christian ministry in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Serving hungry, homeless and people in need, 365 days a year, our programs include:

  • Samaritan Soup Kitchen, Winston-Salem’s only soup kitchen
  • Samaritan Inn, a 69 bed homeless shelter for men
  • Project Cornerstone, a residential substance abuse recovery program for men
Samaritan Ministries Staff Samaritan Ministries Timeline

Sonjia Kurosky
Executive Director

Willis Miller
Assistant Director

Cathie Strader
Soup Kitchen Manager

Jan Kelly
Campaign/Development Director

Debbie Hazelwood
Office Manager

Parker Umstead
Financial Manager

Mary Giunca
Marketing Director

Carly Williams
Volunteer Administrator

Scott Chappell
Project Cornerstone
Supportive Services Counselor

Jonathan Reid
Soup Kitchen Assistant

Barbara Jones
Weekend Soup Kitchen Worker

Robert Smith
Weekend Soup Kitchen Worker

Steve Stover

Senior Staff Counselor

Donnie Scott
Staff Counselor

Reginald Sims
Part Time Staff Counselor

Jose Perez
Part Time Staff Counselor

Tyrone Baldwin
Maintenance Worker

Ben Brown
Part Time Maintenance Worker

Robert Howard
Part Time Maintenance Worker

In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D. C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6832 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Samaritan Ministries Board of Directors

Clyde Cash
Board President
Partner, Wells Jenkins Lucas & Jenkins

Keith Huskins
Board Vice President, Operations
Chief Corp. Dev. Officer, Hanesbrands Inc.

Keith Rogers
Board Vice President, Administration
President, Keith Rogers Homes Inc.

John Justus
Board Secretary
Vice President, Publishing, IMG College

Richard Watts
Board Treasurer
Exec. Vice President, Senior Regional Credit Officer, Eastern Regional Banking, Wells Fargo

Al Jones
Board Assistant Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Aon Hewitt

Debbie Hunter
Development Committee Chair
Assistant VP, Quality & Performance Improvement, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Kenneth P. Carlson, Jr.
Attorney, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

Alice P. Cox
Treasurer North Davidson High School

Dick Egloff
Partner, Adams Egloff Properties, LLC

Joseph H. Ely
Retired, Executive Vice President and Regional Manager, Aon Consulting

James Murphy Gregg III
Director of Dining Services, Salemtowne

Nan Griswold
Retired, Founding Executive Director, Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC

Michael Gwyn
President/CEO, Salem Commercial Real Estate Inc.

Charlene Johnson
Sr. VP, Commercial Banking, First Tennessee Bank

Christopher Leak
Vice President/Financial Adviser, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Pete Moorman
Program Director, Veterans Helping Veterans Heal

Hank Myers
Owner, HLM Construction Co.

Mellin Parker
Housing Development Administrator, Community & Business Development, City of Winston-Salem

Chuck Patton
Principal, Mimosa Investment Management, LLC

Michael Perry
Equipment Analyst, Pepsi Beverage Co.

Ruth Prongay
Allen Tate Realtors Broker/Realtor

Suzanne Taylor Ramm
VP, Taylor Development Group

Jim Rosenberger
VP & Project Manager, Wells Fargo

Eddie Schapira
Owner, River Birch Lodge

Kelly Whitener
Business Manager and Marketing Director, Linville Team Partners

The 1980’s

December 1980
First planning meeting for creating Winston-Salem’s first soup kitchen takes place at Crisis Control Ministry, led by Rev. Stimp Hawkins.

March 1981
Samaritan Soup Kitchen opens, serving lunch to 26 hungry people.

January 1986
Dr. Thomas Hinson and colleagues open a free clinic, the Samaritan Medical Clinic.

September 1988
The Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter with 60 beds for men and 9 beds for women opens.

October 1988
First AA meeting held, proudly call the “Samaritan Group”.

The 1990’s

March 1992
The White House recognizes Samaritan’s volunteers and staff as the 710th “Daily Points of Light.”

September 1992
Salvation Army opens a shelter for women and children. The Samaritan Inn becomes a 69 bed men’s shelter.

June 1995
The 1 millionth meal is served.

October 1995
Samaritan Ministries’ resident substance abuse recovery program, Project Cornerstone begins.

March 1996
Project Cornerstone men form “Samaritan”, their first softball team.

July 1999
Samaritan Soup Kitchen reopens after completing a major renovation funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

The 2000’s

September 2001
Samaritan Inn is refurbished with funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

November 2003
The 2 millionth meal is served.

March 2005
The Samaritan Medical Clinic relocates to the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission.

October 2005
Project Cornerstone celebrates 10 years assisting men in substance abuse, employment and housing.

November 2005
The 2nd floor administrative offices are refurbished with funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

March 2006
The Samaritan Soup Kitchen celebrates its 25th anniversary as Winston-Salem’s Soup Kitchen.

September 2008
The Samaritan Inn Shelter celebrates its 20th anniversary.