samaritas about illustrationTransforming entire communities one life at a time,
Samaritas has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934.

Samaritas is one of Michigan’s largest faith-based, nonprofit health and human services agencies and serves over 20,000 people statewide. Our agency helps children find loving families by utilizing family preservation, foster care and adoption programs and services. Through Samaritas, New Americans can access resettlement services for refugees and establish new homes. We offer transitional homes for the homeless, women exiting the prison system and victims of human trafficking. Seniors seeking cost-effective, independent living options with memory care and rehab support, can also lean on Samaritas for assistance. We also offer affordable living residential communities offer clean, low-cost environments for seniors, families and people with development disabilities.

Samaritas' diverse staff share a dedication to their fellow humans by doing the right thing, for the right reasons, every day.  They truly are the rocks that start the ripple of transformation in the lives of those we serve.


Our Mission:

Serving people as an expression of the love of Christ

Our Vision:

We connect people with families and communities, empower them to live their fullest life possible, and create a ripple effect of transformation.

Our Core Values:

  • People First
  • Quality Service
  • Stewardship
  • Innovation
  • Communication

Guiding Principles:

  • We work as one team
  • We support and trust each other
  • We celebrate differences and respect others
  • We find individualized solutions
  • We act with integrity and transparency
  • We do not cut corners
  • We go above and beyond
  • We strive for maximum efficiency
  • We optimize resources
  • We seek opportunities
  • We welcome new ideas
  • We challenge the status quo
  • We lead change
  • We listen
  • We encourage open, honest dialogue
  • We educate

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Value Proposition:

We deliver the home, family and community most connected to the individual relational, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of those we serve, wherever they might fall on the continuum of care.

Through permanence, we deliver a sense of love, belonging, health and well-being that empowers those we serve with a feeling of personal control, confidence and worthiness to live their fullest life. When those we serve reach their full potential they, in turn, promote the dignity of others, creating a ripple effect out into the community that achieves the greatest transformation for all.


Positioning Statement:

More than safe harbor in crisis, we come through, when others don’t, with a path home. We connect all people based on their individual circumstances with the families and communities that will empower them to live their fullest life possible.

Potential fulfilled, those we serve then promote the dignity of others, launching into the community an unending ripple effect of transformation.

Our History

settlement houseAmong the immigrants making their way to Detroit at the end of the 19th century were many Lutherans from Germany and Scandinavia. They followed the Biblical imperative to help others in need especially fellow immigrants with food, clothing and jobs.

Congregational outreach efforts came together in 1909 in the Missionsbund (Mission Federation), a group dedicated to "inner mission" (social service) work. The Lutheran Inner Mission League of Greater Detroit was incorporated in 1934, changing its name soon afterward to The Lutheran Charities. Its ministry grew to include child welfare work, a settlement house and services to the elderly. provider with senior residentIn 1959, the organization merged with a similar group in Saginaw and was renamed Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

In 2016, in light of the growing diversity of our services, stakeholders, donors, congregational support and community partners, the organization rebranded to Samaritas. The reference to the work of the Good Samaritan in our name is especially fitting as it is consistent with our mission, values and the services we provide. Having a name that intentionally speaks to the biblical mandate to serve others unconditionally and acknowledges the values of diversity and inclusion has been very helpful to our services and organizational development. Listed below is the Executive Team selected to lead Samaritas in spreading ripples of positive change.

Executive Staff

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Sam Beals

Chief Executive Officer
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Jenny Cederstrom

Chief Financial Officer
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Kelli Dobner

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Kevin Van Den Bosch

Chief Operating Officer - Child and Family
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Kim Thompson

Chief Operating Officer - Senior Living
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Mary Muliett

Vice President, Community Services
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Todd Hanselman

Vice President, Human Resources

Board of Directors

Board Chairman

Dale Gerard


David Morin


David Lochner


Dan Carter


Andrew Blum
Miller Canfield
Tracey Brame
WMU-Cooley Law School
Rev. Canon Dr. William Danaher
Christ Church Cranbrook
Mary Anne Jones
Priority Health
The Rev. Donald P. Kreiss, Bishop
Southeast Michigan Synod, ELCA
Jason Paulateer
Fifth Third Bank
Franz Salas
Latricia Trice
Amway Corporation
John E. Vande Guchte
Strategies Wealth Advisors, LLC
Brett VanderKamp
New Holland Brewing
Dr. Floyd Wilson
Pinnacle Construction Group