​Precious: From Foster Youth to Certified Nursing Assistant

This video highlights Precious' journey from former foster youth to Certified Nursing Assistant!

"This is the best agency! They're very helpful through anything, whether it's college, high school or just talking on a regular day basis. I would recommend anyone to switch to this agency because it is so great. You get a lot of help."

precious coleman at graduationThrough our donor contributions, Samaritas now has the opportunity to give scholarships to those foster youth who are interested in obtaining a career in health care. In partnership with the American Red Cross, this four week program trains students on everything they need to know in a hospital setting before taking their state exams.

Are you currently fostering a child? Are you a caseworker seeking scholarship opportunities for your foster kids? Visit us at Samaritas.org or call (877) 458-4527 for more information.


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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