family is everything

Samaritas has been providing services for children and families since 1934. Samaritas is Michigan’s largest private foster care organization, helping more than 800 children daily. Our experienced staff are passionate about their desire to help foster families create a better life for the children in their care.

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Through Samaritas Child and Family Services Division, we seek to build Community through three vibrant centers: Home and Community Campus Westland, House of Detroit and Community Center Saginaw.

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Through Samaritas’ Family Preservation programs, we seek to guide parents toward creating a satisfying, nurturing home life for the entire family, to keep children in their natural setting with their biological parents.

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Some 2,500 children in Michigan yearn for their “forever family” right now, and through Samaritas' Adoption program – Lutheran Adoption Services - you can help a child find a “life-long loving family.”

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building a healthy home

We all need a solid home base to help us grow to our full potential. If it takes a village to raise a child, it may also require a community to form a healthy family.

At Samaritas, we seek to empower families toward strength and wholeness. Our programs guide families along the path of staying intact, and when that is not possible, we help children find safe, nurturing alternative settings where they can flourish and thrive.

Earth to Earth, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust.

Written by Cadillac Reverend Richard A Anderson

I’m certain that the above words are familiar to most of you. These words are read at a Christian Committal Rite prior to the body, or ashes, being placed in the ground. Similar words are said on Ash Wednesday (the first day of the forty days of Lent.) As ashes are placed on the Christian’s brow, the pastor/priest says, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” as a reminder that we are mortal and that, in God’s good time, we will depart this earthly life.

The Lenten Season is a time of reflections and a time of expectations. We are enjoined to reflect on the words from the book of Joel, chapter 2:12-14. It calls us to “return to the Lord with you whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning, and return to the Lord your God. For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

The expectation aspect of Lent is of focusing on the life and passion of Jesus. Remember that the forty days of Lent are about Jesus and his journey to the cross. Remember also, that he could not be dissuaded to go another way. He did not turn his face from Jerusalem or betrayal, denial, mockery, beating, trial or the cruelty of the cross. Why? Because he was obedient to his heavenly father and out of love, bore our sins on that cross.