Transforming entire communities one life at a time,
Samaritas is a state-wide human service organization that connects people with families and communities, empowers them to live their fullest life possible, and creates a ripple effect of transformation. Since 1934 - when were named Lutheran Charities - Samaritas has been committed to providing a safe and healthy pathway to brighter futures. In 1959, the organization merged with a similar group and was renamed Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. In 2016, in light of the growing diversity of our services, stakeholders, donors, congregational support and community partners, the organization re-branded to Samaritas. The reference to the work of the Good Samaritan in our name is especially fitting as it is consistent with our mission, values and the services we provide.
Since 1934, Samaritas has served others as an expression of the love of Christ with programs to help Michigan’s troubled families and disadvantaged individuals thrive. Samaritas is the state’s largest foster care agency with a full suite of family preservation programs and options like Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services to keep families together. Samaritas also manages five senior living facilities with a variety of geriatric care options. Additionally, Samaritas has resettlement services for refugees, housing solutions for adults with developmental disabilities and homeless families and Affordable Living communities for those who qualify for HUD housing. Visit samaritas.org for more information.