THE CARL E. THOMAS ENDOWMENT FUND

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.

Foundation Board

Executive Committee

David Dion, Chair
Linda Morin, Vice Chair
David Wohleen, Secretary
Tracy Teich, Treasurer

Foundation Trustees

Ellen Batkie
Sheilda Braddock
Dan Carter
Richard Christiansen
Rev. Terry Daly
Father William Danaher
Lloyd Fell
Rev. Gerald Ferguson
Rev. Fred Fritz
Amy Gibbs
Jack Greiner
Rev. Rod Hill
Linda Jabas
Rev. Erick Johnson
Kent Johnson
Steve Kesler
Rev. William Lindholm
David Lochner
John Mayes
John McLaughlin
Rev. William Moldwin
Rev. Colleen Nieman
Michael Nussdorfer
Mark Odland
Jason Paulateer
Judy Pifferello
Tom Post
Debra Radloff
Jean Schluckebier
Tom Seppo
Harold Sollenberger
Pat Thomas
Richard Weingartner
Matt Pedersen, ex-officio
Sam Beals, ex-officio

 

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  • From Foster Care to College

    From Foster Care to College

    Malaysha White had the end of childhood in sight when everything for her family fell apart.

    A high school senior at Cass Technical with college on the horizon, White’s world turned upside down when her mother to fell into a deep depression and her father spiraled downward with his drinking. While six siblings were removed from their parents’ home and separated into foster care across the metro area, White ended up in a shelter alone.

    That’s why her forthcoming college graduation from the University of Michigan April 27th is all the more special. The dedicated, hard-working young woman has always kept her focus on the long-term, and college scholarships for former foster children certainly helped her get there.

    ETV (Educational Training Voucher) funding helped White pay for braces, buy a computer, study abroad in Argentina for a semester, among other expenses. During college, she participated in the Blavin Scholars program for former foster children.

    An Information Science major, White is graduating with a degree in IT, and a job that she’ll start in July as a systems engineer in Denver. “My goal was to secure a job offer by December,” she says. “I’m glad I did that. I am ready to graduate!”

    Samaritas has administered the state of Michigan’s ETV program since 2006. To qualify for ETV funding, youth must have been in foster care on or after their 14th birthday. The scholarships are also available to youth who were in a state-supervised foster care placement or who were unaccompanied refugee minors supervised by state agencies, on or after their 14th birthday.

    If they were adopted from foster care, the adoption would have to occur on or after they turned 16. All applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and attend at least half-time an accredited school that awards a Bachelor’s degree, a two-year program that provides credit toward a degree, at least one year of training toward gainful employment or a vocational program that provides training.

    ETV recipients can apply every year that they are in college, reapplying each semester, as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA to receive the maximum benefits. They must receive their first scholarship prior to turning 21 and can continue to receive funding until their 23rd birthday.

    ETV funding can pay for anything needed during college, from educational expenses to housing, groceries, transportation and other daily living costs.

    Recently, the amount of funding available to college students who were in foster care at some point during their teenage years increased. Michigan ETV recipients can now receive $5,000 for the year for full-time college students, or $2,500 for the year for part-time students. The amounts were formerly $4,500 and $2,250, respectively. Students can apply at www.mietv.samaritas.org or call (877) 660-6388.

    Every state has an ETV program. Last year, Samaritas helped 500 kids. In previous years, Samaritas served more than 730 kids annually, with numbers correlating to the number of students exiting care.

    “We desire to serve even more high school graduates and support them in their journey to break the cycle of poverty through education and employment,” says Vickie Thompson-Sandy, Samaritas President, who oversees the services Samaritas delivers.

    Read more
  • From Foster Care to College

    From Foster Care to College

    Malaysha White had the end of childhood in sight when everything for her family fell apart.

    A high school senior at Cass Technical with college on the horizon, White’s world turned upside down when her mother to fell into a deep depression and her father spiraled downward with his drinking. While six siblings were removed from their parents’ home and separated into foster care across the metro area, White ended up in a shelter alone.

    That’s why her forthcoming college graduation from the University of Michigan April 27th is all the more special. The dedicated, hard-working young woman has always kept her focus on the long-term, and college scholarships for former foster children certainly helped her get there.

    ETV (Educational Training Voucher) funding helped White pay for braces, buy a computer, study abroad in Argentina for a semester, among other expenses. During college, she participated in the Blavin Scholars program for former foster children.

    An Information Science major, White is graduating with a degree in IT, and a job that she’ll start in July as a systems engineer in Denver. “My goal was to secure a job offer by December,” she says. “I’m glad I did that. I am ready to graduate!”

    Samaritas has administered the state of Michigan’s ETV program since 2006. To qualify for ETV funding, youth must have been in foster care on or after their 14th birthday. The scholarships are also available to youth who were in a state-supervised foster care placement or who were unaccompanied refugee minors supervised by state agencies, on or after their 14th birthday.

    If they were adopted from foster care, the adoption would have to occur on or after they turned 16. All applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and attend at least half-time an accredited school that awards a Bachelor’s degree, a two-year program that provides credit toward a degree, at least one year of training toward gainful employment or a vocational program that provides training.

    ETV recipients can apply every year that they are in college, reapplying each semester, as long as they maintain a 2.0 GPA to receive the maximum benefits. They must receive their first scholarship prior to turning 21 and can continue to receive funding until their 23rd birthday.

    ETV funding can pay for anything needed during college, from educational expenses to housing, groceries, transportation and other daily living costs.

    Recently, the amount of funding available to college students who were in foster care at some point during their teenage years increased. Michigan ETV recipients can now receive $5,000 for the year for full-time college students, or $2,500 for the year for part-time students. The amounts were formerly $4,500 and $2,250, respectively. Students can apply at www.mietv.samaritas.org or call (877) 660-6388.

    Every state has an ETV program. Last year, Samaritas helped 500 kids. In previous years, Samaritas served more than 730 kids annually, with numbers correlating to the number of students exiting care.

    “We desire to serve even more high school graduates and support them in their journey to break the cycle of poverty through education and employment,” says Vickie Thompson-Sandy, Samaritas President, who oversees the services Samaritas delivers.

    Read more
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