Samaritas "I'm Not Ready Yet" Town Hall presented by Thrivent

Register for this free event on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Samaritas and Thrivent will host a free virtual town hall next Wednesday, February 24 about the benefits, fears, hesitations, and realities of moving into a senior living community. Luther Keith, Arise Detroit! executive director and former The Detroit News columnist will moderate this robust discussion.

Senior care specialists Samaritas Senior Living expert Valarie Taffs Cook and Thrivent Financial Expert DeAnte Thompkins will offer participants tips on how to get a loved one ready for a move and how to prepare a budget for this life-changing event.  

Panelists include:

- Valarie Taffs Cook, Sales Manager, Samaritas Senior Living – Grand Rapids
- DeAnte Thompkins, Regional Development Director, Thrivent Financial, Great Lakes and Mid-America Region
- Brian Hauenstein President, Senior Living Advisor, Oasis Senior Advisors Greater Grand Rapids
- Jenny Jarvis, Hauenstein President, Chief Communications & Strategy Officer, Area Agency on Aging 1-B

Save your spot for this candid discussion. Visit to register for this Zoom webinar.

We look forward to seeing you there!

About Samaritas
Samaritas has sent ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. It is one of Michigan’s largest faith-based, nonprofit health and human services agencies and serves 13,000 people statewide. The agency helps children find loving families by utilizing family preservation, foster care and adoption programs and services. Through Samaritas, New Americans, like refugees can access resettlement services and establish new homes. Samaritas also offers transitional homes for the homeless, women existing the prison system and victims of human trafficking. Seniors seeking cost-effective, independent living options with memory care and rehab support can also lean on Samaritas for assistance.

Samaritas also offers clean, low-cost environments for seniors, families, and people with development disabilities and in need of affordable living. More than safe harbor in crisis, Samaritas comes through, when others don’t. Visit for more information. Follow us on Facebook @IAmSamaritas, Twitter @IAmSamaritas or on Instagram @WeAreSamaritas.

About Thrivent
Thrivent is a diversified financial services organization that helps people achieve financial clarity, enabling lives full of meaning and gratitude. It offers its more than 2 million clients a broad range of financial products, services and guidance. Thrivent and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer advice, insurance, investments, banking and generosity products and programs over the phone, online as well as through financial professionals and independent agents nationwide. Thrivent is a Fortune 500 company with $152 billion in assets under management/advisement (as of 12/31/19). Thrivent carries an A++ (Superior) rating from AM Best, a credit rating agency; this is the highest of the agency’s 16 ratings categories and was affirmed in June of 2020. For more information, visit You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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