Mission

The Samaritan Women is a national Christian organization providing restorative care to survivors, and bringing about an end to domestic sex trafficking through awareness, prevention, and advocacy.

Goals

Our strategic goals are to:

  1. operate an exemplary program that gives survivors of domestic human trafficking the environment and opportunities needed to claim the life God intended
  2. expand our services and locations, as fits within our mission and means, without compromise to our caliber of service
  3. educate and inspire citizens to social action within their communities, nationally, and globally
  4. be responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us
  5. be a living witness for the Gospel through tireless sacrifice, irrational acts of compassion, boundless generosity, and unfailing love

Origin of the Name

While the Good Samaritan story (Luke 10) is worthy one, we take our name from the story in John 4, where Jesus encounters the Samaritan Woman at the Well.  This exchange between the Lord Jesus and this ostracized, isolated woman (with a past) offers instruction to us on how we are to relate to one another.  In this story, Jesus defies all social norms and engages in both personal and theological conversation with a woman whom others have clearly rejected.  And even though He knew “all that [she] ever did,” He still received her with nonjudgment and compassion.   As a result of this conversation, the woman is transformed.  She returns to her community–the same one that rejected her–and ends up becoming the very first disciple.  Because of her testimony, many came to believe.

That is how we aspire to model our ministry:  to take the stance that regardless of who you are or what you may have done, you should be received with non-judgment and compassion.  And to believe that through a transformational relationship with Christ, your past is no longer who you are and you can be used for AMAZING things in Him.

Property History

1850–See map showing ownership of the land by James Dorsey:  http://www.mdslavery.net/html/mapped_images/bcd1.html

1865 –Mount Brandon, a stately summer retreat, was built on 20 acres that, at the time, was considered to be a Catonsville address.

1900–Anna A. Seiling, an immigrant nurse from Prussia, purchased Mount Brandon and established Pine Crest Sanitarium, a private mental health facilities for people with “nervous disorders” or with drug and alcohol habits.

1910–James Whiteley, owner of the Whiteley Tugboat Company

1918–This land becomes annexed by the City and is now a Baltimore City address.

1920’s–The billiard room is added to Ventnor Lodge, behind the kitchen. A marble terrazzo floor flatters the new room.

1924–Hammond Hall is built by Hammond P. Dorsey on a portion of the land given to him by his aunt, Anna Seiling.

1936–Julia Dorsey (first wife of Hammond P. Dorsey) acquires Ventnor Lodge and turns it into a nursing home.

1939–Anna Seiling turns Pine Crest over to her nephew, Hammond P. Dorsey.

1963–Hammond Dorsey marries Eleanor Millicent (“Polly”) Trapnell Hilleary in April and he dies suddenly in June. Pine Crest is closed and the residents are moved into Ventnor Lodge.

1967–Pine Crest Sanitarium and the nearby cottages are set ablaze by vandals and later demolished.

1968–Ventnor Lodge is closed and the garage in the back of the property is leveled.

1976–Mrs. Polly Trapnell Hilleary Dorsey marries Stanley Hyde Dosh.

1979–Ventnor Lodge was reopened as a domiciliary care facility

1994–Mrs. “Polly” Trapnell  Hilleary Dorsey Dosh had all 23 acres of the land (4 parcels) preserved in perpetuity by the Maryland Environmental Trust in memory of her late husband.

2007–Scott Hilleary dies and the property is bequeathed to his brother.

2007–John Thornton Hilleary sells the four-parcel property to Chapel Grace, LLC for the establishment of The Samaritan Women.  The entire estate undergoes significant renovation through the tireless efforts of community volunteers.

2009–The Samaritan Women, under the approval of the Maryland Environmental Trust, establishes a large urban farm that provides local, chemical-free produce to the community.

2011–The Residence is open to survivors of human trafficking and homeless female veterans.

2013–The Samaritan Women discontinues its contract with the VA to house vets, in an effort to focus attention and resources on survivors of domestic human trafficking.