The Bluetooth Beacon of Hope


At Polaris, we often find new and innovative ways to make cashless payments an interesting topic. Samaritan is just that - an app that allows citygoers to give cashlessly to individuals experiencing homelessness.

Have you ever passed an individual on the streets and not been sure how to respond? With the help of Samaritan, you can now cashlessly and effectively give the moment you see a need on the street.

So, how does it work? Utilizing easy-to-use payment methods like Apple Pay, Samaritan allows citygoers to instantly give to individuals living on the streets through a bluetooth beacon. Once downloaded, the app sends push notifications when you pass by a “beacon holder” and from there, you can not only give money but also learn more about who they are as a human, breaking down social barriers we encounter on a daily basis. If you want to learn more, check out or download the app for iPhone or Android.