Vesna and Edin

Our names are Vesna and Edin. Our journey with Samaritas began in 1995 when we resettled from Bosnia and Herzegovina as refugees through Samaritas.

One year later, we were given the opportunity to help other immigrants through Samaritas’ refugee program. Although both of us received Engineering degrees in Bosnia, our career paths in the United States have transformed through Samaritas.

Edin started his career building computers for the refugee program. His computer skills were recognized by the IT director, who decided to give him a chance to advance his expertise and expand upon his responsibilities, by working in the IT department. Edin has grown from refugee case manager to senior IT business analyst. His innovative journey would not have been possible without the initial opportunity and support that Samaritas has provided over the years.

Vesna’s passion for engineering dwindled while her passion to help make a difference for immigrants grew. As a manager in the refugee program and an immigrant herself, Vesna finds no better feeling than that of helping people facing similar struggles that she had previously faced.

In a time of struggle and desperation, Samaritas offered us an opportunity that greatly impacted our lives. Moreover, our careers have offered us the ability to impact others in the same way we were helped many years ago. What seems like a simple opportunity for a young immigrant couple to work in the United States has actually evolved into the ability to make a life changing impact in others’ lives. - Edin & Vesna


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«April 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.

Troy Foster Care Orientation

Provide a safe and loving home to children by becoming a foster parent with Samaritas. Register for orientation by contacting Renee Yancy at (313) 269-7895 or All orientations are held at the Samaritas Troy Office: 2170 E. Big Beaver Rd. Ste. B , Troy, MI 48083 (We are...

Foster Parent Respite Date

On May 4th,  we will be planting flowers in small pots for children to take home, playing games and doing outside activities if the weather is nice! Snacks will be provided. 1545 Keystone Ave Lansing, MI Please contact Kayla Polzin for more infomration.