ESTABLISHED SINCE 1961
SAAA is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, which was informally organized in 1961 by a group of Seventh-day Adventist immigrants from the countries of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) and Myanmar (formerly Burma).
"SAAA members jointly worked with sister organizations to provide monthly food distribution to the homeless community in downtown Washington, DC.
Several of our SAAA members, together with others in the community, prepared monthly hot meals to be served to an average of about 60 homeless and needy individuals. Both the recipients and providers looked forward to these monthly visits and the assistance was welcomed. During the winter season, the attendees were provided with hats, gloves, and socks. Besides sharing a meal, time was spent interacting and trying to identify areas where we can be of further assistance."
One of the goals of the SAAA is to make a positive difference in the community we live in. To this end, the social committee decided to volunteer its services, along with interested members of the SAAA, to serve the members of Sarah's House in Fort Meade, MD.
Sarah's House is a facility which is a community-based housing program run by the Catholic Charities of Maryland. It offers shelter to homeless women and children in Maryland.
Several times over the course of 2 years, members of the SAAA volunteered at Sarah's House by providing home cooked food to the women and children in the facility. The experience at Sarah's House was wonderful and rewarding for all the members that participated and once more were reminded of the need to remain engaged in our community.
1. We started a ministry program to help our members who might find themselves in emergency situations and in need of financial resources.
Just as Andrew found a young lad with five loafs of bread and two fish, and brought him to Jesus who blessed the food and miraculously fed five thousand, we too can bring our resources to SAAA and be of help to those in need! Thus, began the “Five Two Fund” for SHARING with the less fortunate. SAAA has helped several in need, including a family with an autistic needy child.
2. Also, thanks to an anonymous member donor, SAAA for the first time presented a Scholarship Award of $1000.00 each to five happy college bound students!
They were selected on the basis of their scholastic work, church and community involvement. Their essay was entitled the “Role of College Students in SAAA!” It was encouraging to note the high caliber of their academic and mission involvement.