Lift Up Saginaw

One child,
One family,
One neighborhood at a time

readingSamaritas has a long history of providing services and care for disadvantaged communities in Michigan, dating back to our first community center established in the 1930s. We embrace the responsibility God has given us to serve vulnerable people to the very best of our ability. South Saginaw is not an easy place to raise a family, largely due to a lack of economic and educational opportunities. Many residents face daily concerns regarding safety, and suffer financial hardship that limits their access to affordable healthy eating choices or even the use of a home computer.

South Saginaw is not an easy place to raise a family, largely due to a lack of economic and educational opportunities. Many residents face daily concerns regarding safety, and suffer financial hardship that limits their access to affordable healthy eating choices or even the use of a home computer. According to the most current U.S. Census:

♦  The federal government defines an area as poor if 50% of children at the local school qualify for free or reduced meals, in South East Saginaw nearly 100% qualify for free or reduced meals.

♦  The median household income is less than half the U.S. average ($56,604).

♦  Roughly 47 percent of the grandparents in the community are responsible for raising at least one grandchild.

♦  The unemployment rate is 14.9 percent, three times the national average.

♦  Both child and adult obesity rates are higher than the national average.


Samaritas Spreading Ripples Across Saginaw

We provide adoption, foster care and disability support services in the Saginaw community. These services help provide safe, loving, homes for children and make sure adults with disabilities have the personal care they need in their own homes.

We also plan to launch Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counseling and Opioid Clinic services for adolescents, adults and family in Southeast Saginaw that could serve all neighborhoods in Saginaw as well. We are aware of the significant need for these services in Saginaw and the community support for them.