Run With Samaritas at the Detroit Free Press Marathon

Event date: 10/14/2022 - 10/16/2022

Special Thanks to Our Presenting Sponsor

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Team Ripple Effects for the Win!
Samaritas is recruiting runners for its Team Ripple Effects, sponsored by Delta Dental of Michigan. There are several races to choose from! Check them out on the Detroit Free Press Marathon website.  

As a member of Team Ripple Effects, you'll receive a free Samaritas t-shirt and other goodies. If you've already registered and want to run for our team, let us know, and we'll add you to our roster. Contact Kayla Park by email at or Beth Birkholz at to join. 

Runners 4 Samaritas Fundraiser
Samaritas is one of many official Detroit Free Press Marathon Charities that may benefit from the generosity of people like you. It's why they are offering participating runners the chance to fundraise on our behalf.

Just choose Samaritas from the dropdown list of official charities and follow the instructions to set up your own personal GoFundMe account to encourage your friends and families to cheer on Team Ripples and help Samaritas continue its mission: Serving others as an expression of the love of Christ

Funds from people like you will help Samaritas:
- equitably resettle refugees young and old throughout Michigan 
- get more foster kids back together with their birth parents and help more of them find forever homes
- help us keep more Michigan families together with services that address negative behavior and outcomes
- provide individuals on the verge of homelessness with affordable housing
- help people struggling with Substance Use Disorders get healthy

Visit Us at The Expo
We can't wait to tell you about all the great work we're doing to lift up Michigan's most vulnerable people!
Look for the purple Samaritas booth among the crowd of Health & Fitness Expo exhibitors.

The Expo is open to the public and will feature exhibitors offering 2022 Detroit Free Press Marathon merchandise and the latest running footwear, apparel, nutrition, technology, and much more.

The Expo will be held in downtown Detroit at Huntington Place - Hall B (formerly the TCF Center and Cobo Hall). Visit this site for more Expo details. It will be open on:

  • Friday, Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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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