samaritas about illustration Transforming entire communities one life at a time,
has been sending ripples of positive change across Michigan since 1934.

Today, Samaritas spans the state’s Lower Peninsula with more than 60 program sites in over 40 cities, through nearly 2000 dedicated staff and volunteers. Those programs include: Adoption, Foster Care, Senior and Affordable Living. Our New Americans program offers refugee resettlement, job training and school readiness. Disability services are offered through group homes and in-home supports. Some other support services we offer include: Home Health, community services, prison to community reintegration for women, and we have the largest family homeless shelter program in the state.

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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Harry Vijayakumar

Vice President, Information Technology
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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
Rev. Canon Dr. William Danaher
Christ Church Cranbrook
Mary Anne Jones
Priority Health
Michael Kneale
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
The Rev. Donald P. Kreiss, Bishop
Southeast Michigan Synod, ELCA
Jason Paulateer
Fifth Third Bank
Matt Pedersen
Multi-Bank Securities
Brett VanderKamp
New Holland Brewing