The Good Samaritan House

Aug 29, 2017

We all know the story of the Good Samaritan: while others passed by the injured victim on the side of the road, he stopped, helped, and cared. The story and its message are so powerful, poignant, and timeless, that even today we use and recognize the phrase regularly, but rarely stop to think about what it truly means.

At TechArk, we place a high premium on education, knowledge, and continuous personal and intellectual growth. When we get to work with other tech companies, we’re ecstatic. When we learn something new, we geek out. When offered the chance to do some real good with our work, we feel moved.

That’s how we reacted when the Samaritan House of Virginia approached us, needing a new website. Operating 12 different safe houses and providing shelter and resources to victims of domestic abuse, we recognized the value of their work and the purity of their mission, and we wanted to help the best way we know how – digitally.

The old Samaritan House website was obsolete, not optimized or responsive to different screen sizes, and a bit text-heavy. Our graphic design team took a stroll down the UI/UX path, designing a clean, modern site with beautiful imagery and consistent use of branding colors from their logo throughout.

With clear calls to action, hotline numbers, and resources placed top-level on each page and section of the site, we made sure to keep the site’s users in mind during the cycle of the project. Our developers took the reigns, producing an aesthetic and responsive site, which is mobile-friendly, automatically adjusting to fit any screen size. Now site users who only have access to a phone can still view the site quickly, easily, and discreetly.

We worked with the team at Samaritan House, collaborating on the web copy to condense it, paring down walls of text to convey essential information in a clear and concise manner. We added the function of pop-up modals for quick and easy content organization, and included a scrolling rotator of their sponsors in the footer. Finally, we updated their donation portal to reflect the new site design, so that the two match perfectly.

We hope the digital changes we made can help provide assistance to those in need of it, and we look forward to more work with Samaritan House in the future. They’ve hinted at needing our services again, and we at TechArk love the chance to give back to our community in any way we can.

This is one project we’ll always feel good about.

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