A ministry like Samaritas needs sustained support to carry out its mission.

The Samaritas Foundation was established to assure ongoing funding for Samaritas programs through endowment. When a donor’s gift goes into the endowment, the earnings are used but the principal remains intact, continuing to earn interest. Gifts to the endowment are perpetual, and continue to support the Samaritas mission year after year.

Carl E. Thomas, the president/CEO from 1973 to 1999, steered the organization through tremendous growth. As a tribute, the board established the Carl E. Thomas Endowment Fund, which is managed today by the Samaritas Foundation. Earnings from the Carl E. Thomas Endowment Fund support Samaritas programs across the state. Other Samaritas Foundation Endowment funds include: Wilsterman Fund, Gregersen Fund, Nussdorfer Fund, Holle Fund and Meints Funds.

Gifts may be made directly to the fund, or you may choose to name the Samaritas Foundation in your will, trust or as an insurance benficiary. To learn how you can create a legacy, please call the Samaritas Development Department at (313) 308-8860.

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

foundation trustees

Tracy Teich, Chair
David Wohleen, Vice Chair
Bonnie Reyes, Secretary
Mark Odland, Treasurer
Rev. Rosanne Anderson
Sheilda Braddock
Rev. Terry Daly
Rev. Gerald M. Ferguson
Rev. Fred Fritz
Rev. Erick Johnson
Kent Johnson
Rev. William Lindholm
John Mayes
Rev. William Moldwin
Rev. Dr. Colleen Nieman
Michael Nussdorfer
Tom Post
Jean Schluckebier
Rev. Dr. Tom Seppo
Pat Thomas
Judy Zehnder-Keller
Sam Beals, ex-officio

«October 2019»

Kalamazoo Foster Care Orientation

Join us to learn more about becoming a foster parent! A 2-3 hour orientation will give you all you need to take the next steps! Our office address is 4341 S. Westnedge Ave. Suite 2000, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. To RSVP, contact:  Trina Kent, MCJA  Resource Family Development-Team...

Ripples Gala 2019

We ask you to Be the Rock that Starts the Ripple so we can continue to meet the growing needs of over 16,000 children, families and seniors in Michigan each year. Your sponsorship brings health, hope and wholeness to at-risk children who need a foster or adoptive home, offers New Americans...

Troy Foster Care Orientation

Provide a safe and loving home to children by becoming a foster parent with Samaritas.  All orientations are held at the Samaritas Troy Office: 2170 E. Big Beaver Rd. Ste. B , Troy, MI 48083 (We are on the south side of Big Beaver, east of John R next to TCF Bank-use the west entrance...