Stocked Backpacks Needed

Now Through September 1

At Samaritas, we’re working to make sure that the students in our care have basic school supplies for the 2022-2023 school year. You can help us meet this goal by purchasing a fully stocked backpack for families who could use an extra hand. 

Now through September 1, visit Amazon to purchase a packed backpack and ship it to any of the three Samaritas offices locations listed below. With your help, backpacks of school supplies will be distributed to kids throughout Michigan. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Visit Amazon to purchase either of the following:
*15 Inch Wholesale Backpacks - Case of 12 
*17 Inch Bulk Backpacks - Case of 8 

*Assorted package of school supplies   

Ship items to either of the following Samaritas locations:

Samaritas Grand Rapids Office

15-20 Backpacks Needed
2080 Union Ave SE, Suite A
Grand Rapids MI 49503
Attn: Trina Kent 

Samaritas Detroit Office
Assorted school supplies needed.
8145 E. Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48214
Nataki Wojkowiak 

Samaritas Jackson Office
11 Backpacks Needed
729 W. Michigan Ave., Suite 200
Jackson, MI  49201
Attn: Eric Cole 

Samaritas Lansing Office
15-20 Backpacks Needed
1545 Keystone Ave
Lansing, MI 48911
Attn: Michelle Haskell

Samaritas Bay Area Office
Assorted school supplies needed.

1024 Professional Dr, Suite A-3
Flint, MI 48532
Attn: Nicole Cooper

Go for the A Plus!
Here are the other ways you can support Samaritas. 

Check Out the Michigan Refugee Network 
The Michigan Refugee Network page has information about Mihaelas Mitrofan's recent humanitarian trip to the Ukrainian border and ways you can donate or assist in some way. Funds can help Samaritas acquire more resources for our New American programs.

Replenish the New Americans Pantry
Samaritas has an Amazon Wish List to help stock the pantries of refugees and their families. Anything donated from Amazon will be distributed to these families in need. Visit to see the list.

Support Young Refugees
Many refugees and immigrants in our care are young people fresh from our programs, just starting out in the world. You can help them by purchasing some of the household items they need to stay independent. Visit to see the list.

Please email the team at with questions or 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