Over the last 84 years, Samaritas has benefitted many Michigan communities through our work for, and dedication to, seniors, children, families, New Americans and more. Some of this work includes providing seniors with programs and services from memory support to home care to safe, affordable communities.
Samaritas is Michigan’s largest private provider of foster care – and yet, in the last few years, we’ve shifted from helping more children in care to helping families prevent the removal of children by strengthening parenting and living situations.
We are the state’s the largest refugee settlement agency, and nation’s fourth largest. We help women transition from incarceration to successful life in the community. We help families experiencing homelessness find stable footing and reliable housing. We help low-income children and families find safe haven at our Saginaw Community Center.
That is a lot to celebrate.
We acknowledge our hard work and successes, thanks to more than 2,000 dedicated employees statewide, with an anniversary gala this month, our Be the Rock event.
Set for Monday, September 17th at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, this celebration will help raise funds for our programs through corporate sponsorships, donations and an auction. We’ll raise our brand awareness in West Michigan. We’ll come together as community-minded individuals, connected by a desire to be generative and help others succeed.
During an appetizer-filled reception, the GE Aviation 36th Street Band will perform, followed by speeches, dinner, entertainment by the Scotty Pearson Family, and a keynote address by New York Times bestselling author Bob Goff. (Goff’s books include Love Does and Everybody Always.)
Our mission speaker is Jason Paulateer, a PNC Bank executive focused on community development. He’ll speak about the importance of adoption and the family unit. He and his wife fostered and adopted 7 of their 10 children.
And of course, we will present awards.
With the event MC’ed by WOOD TV’s Terry DeBoer, we will bestow the Samaritas Volunteer Service Award on Applied Imaging. An IT partner to our organization, Applied Imaging is a company with deep and honorable values. They support us in many ways such as allowing staff to lead events or getting involved with our Senior Living community. Applied Imaging Founder/President John Lowery sets the best example for his company by giving of himself, and encouraging others to as well.
We’ve designated the Samaritas Ambassador Award to Dan and Dawn Carter for their support over the last 25 years. Initially drawn to Samaritas because of the services we provide for children, the Carters have since become enthusiastic about nearly every program, especially those serving refugees. The pair promote Samaritas everywhere they go and currently serve as co-chairs for the Samaritas Giving Hope Capital Campaign.
We will give the Samaritas Leadership Award to Senator Dave Hildenbrand for his endless commitment to bettering Michigan for everyone including children, families, and seniors.
Finally, the Samaritas Partnership Award will go to Gordon Food Service for the company’s trusted partnership in caring for our seniors. GFS provides excellent service with quality that matches their concern for, and commitment to, the larger community by offering support to organizations like ours in an effort to transform the lives of people in need.
Join us to celebrate so many wonderful people and programs! Ticket & event details here.