Coming to America

My name is Benedicte. I fled my home with my two children and only the clothes on our backs. We went to Togo to seek shelter, not knowing what to do or what will happen to us.

After five long years of living in a refugee camp, taking one day at a time, my children and I finally arrived in Detroit where Samaritas welcomed us at the airport. We found ourselves in an apartment with appliances and things we did not know how to use.

Samaritas staff came to help us daily; bought us food, showed me around, and ensured that we were all managing.

I speak the African dialect of French language and our tribal language, but I never went to school, so I cannot read or write. Being in United States was a shock for my children and me. I attended Samaritas workshops where I learned so much about this new life I was about to start here, from financial literacy to the importance of working and being independent – even though as an African woman this was something I couldn’t comprehend.

“Now, I am a new person. I am free and the fear of tomorrow is gone. I am a full time employee at the same Chicken Shack restaurant where Samaritas placed me. I bring a paycheck home and can support myself and my children, pay rent and buy the things we need. My children are flourishing too. I continue to learn English and to take care of my family, and myself knowing that for us there is only one way to go: forward.” - Benedicte


All Samaritas Events

«February 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! RSVP to Patty Nikolich, at 269-270-7150 or Our office address is 4341 S. Westnedge Ave. Suite 2000, Kalamazoo, MI 49008.

Puzzle Competition | Samaritas Senior Living of Grand Rapids

Join us for a Puzzle Competition! Do you think you are a puzzle master? Sign up a team of four to spend a wintery Saturday morning putting together a jigsaw puzzle, complete with refreshments and prizes! Located at Samaritas Senior Living of Grand Rapids 2000 32nd Street, Grand...

Beat Diabetes and Prediabetes: Your Lifestyle Matters

Discover powerful, practical, personal tools that can prevent, slow, and even reverse diabetes and pre-diabetes. In this exciting and powerful series, we will help you discover and apply powerful steps to move you forward in your success. When it comes to building a...