Adoption Month - Finding Forever Families
Recently, we welcomed a new Foundation Board member, Jason Paulateer, a gentle, generous man whose personal story is evidence of the type of people we want supporting Samaritas. We just finished Adoption Month, which is the annual effort to shine a light on the very real and urgent issue of... Read More
Samaritas is in the redemption business. The word redemption often brings two things to mind, especially at this time of year.  One is spiritual and the other is financial. The spiritual aspect of redemption has to do with the story of God loving creation so much that God chose to be... Read More
Resolving to do Better
As we prepare to flip the calendar to 2017, many people will resolve to do better. It’s a popular time of year to vow to lose weight or get in shape, to drink or eat less and donate or volunteer more. We see tons of articles every January about people’s resolutions that revolve... Read More

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* Important Notice *

Earlier this year, Samaritas was under investigation by the state for allegations of abuse in our emergency shelter in Grand Rapids. We opened this shelter 26 months earlier for children from Central America crossing the border fleeing from horrible condition; we were asked to take in Afghan youth when there was no other place for them to go after the crisis in Afghanistan occurred. We accepted 19 youth in response to this request and our long-term commitment to help youth to the greatest extent possible at the time of their greatest need. Samaritas was one of several similar emergency shelters across the country asked to take in these refugee youth.

Due to the severe level of trauma they had endured, many of them required intensive therapy and counseling. As a result of the growing concern we had for the depth and breadth of those needs of the youth and the safety of our team, we made the decision to work with our referring partners to move the youth to other programs where they could access the higher level of trauma-informed care, supervision, and medical attention that they required. Due to state and federal oversight of our programs, we are unable to share specific details of the investigation but we were cleared of any abuse allegations by the state and all youth were transferred to appropriate residential placements where they could receive the care they needed. Samaritas continues to be a state and federal leader in refugee resettlement, including refugee foster care.


Please Contact:
Joe DiBenedetto
Lambert & Co.
(516) 637-0597

Matt Friedman
Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
(248) 762-1430