Honoring Refugees Around the World


Samaritas will celebrate refugees' positive economic and cultural impact on

June 20th.  

"Samaritas strongly believes we need to uphold American's legacy of welcoming refugees. For 72 years we've served refugee children and families and we'll continue to do so as long as there is a need, " said Kevin Van Den Bosch, COO, Samaritas. "Refugee Resettlement is a lifeline to so many vulnerable refugees at an unprecedented global crisis, but we can't do it alone. Resources are stretched to their limits, and we can always use more staff, volunteers, and community partners to bolster our existing statewide programs."


Last year our organization served 2,520 New Americans and provided Post Refugee Resettlement services for 1,093 people from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America. Click here to learn more about World Refugee Day.

How to Support New Americans

Samaritas is one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in Michigan, offering refugees the services and support they need to begin to rebuild their lives and take steps toward becoming U.S. citizens and becoming self-sufficient and contributors of society within one year of arrival.


Please consider being part of someone's success story and donate or volunteer your time at Give to Samaritas New Americans.


Your gift of:

$200  could pay for an average family's utilities for a month

$300  could pay for an average family's non-food supplies for a month

$500  could pay for an average family's non-food supplies/spending money for a month

$800  could pay for an average family's food for a month

$1,000  could pay for an average family's rent for a month

$2,500  could pay for all the basic needs of an average family for one month


Housing - We are looking for host families in Metro Detroit to host refugees for 2-8 weeks, until Samaritas finds long term housing.  Placements can be for as short as two weeks or as long as the hosts choose. If you know someone or an organization that can donate the use of a home for a family, please have them reach out as well.

Giving Boxes - Boxes created to donate supplies for a specific room in a family's home, i.e. bedding, pillows, dressers for a bedroom, or shower curtain, towels and the like for the bathroom, etc. 

Amazon Wishlist!! Click on this link to an Amazon Wishlist for those interested in donating to New Americans in need of supplies, etc.

Join Us For Our Upcoming Events

The Refugee Roundtable is scheduled for Tues., June 21 at 11:30 a.mAward-winning journalist April Baer of Michigan Radio will guide the conversation into what Ukrainian refugees are facing and how Wayne County and state of Michigan leaders are handling resettlement needs. The panel will include: 


  • Mihaela Mitrofan, Director, Samaritas New American Programs
  • Fatima Mirzad, Former Afghan Refugee
  • Ben Cabanaw, State Refugee Coordinator, Office of Global Michigan
  • Scott Preston, Special Projects Manager, Global Detroit
Register For This Free Event!!

Share to your social media using the below invitation links:


Bitly:  Refugee Roundtable


Zoom Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VB6aqpk5SwKTNv7Ofu5kRA 

Constant Contact Invitation: https://conta.cc/3zJLgxZ

 

Social Media Posts

LinkedIn (main account): 

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#BetheRock #RefugeeWeek #refugeeweek2022 #michiganrefugees #michiganrefugee #refugeeswelcome

Samaritas to Celebrate World Refugee Awareness Day with Art Show!


Samaritas will celebrate the creativity of the young refugees in its care with an online art show. We are delighted to share the work of talented young refugee artists. The 2022 collection titled "Colorful Journeys/Viajes de Colores," presented by Delta Dental of Michigan, will open virtually to the public the week of June 19th, and will include paintings, sculptures, and other mixed media art from past and    Elder - Rich and Vivid Guatemala

present Samaritas Refugee Foster Care participants. 

This collection will be unveiled at  Youth Art Show.


The 2022 collection will also make an in-person debut at Tabooli (both Lansing locations) on June 17th through June 27th, daily between11AM and 10PM, and will also travel to other places throughout the state through the year.  


The Samaritas Youth Art Shop will offer art lovers and refugees advocates the option of purchasing merchandise like mugs, beach bags, and journals with imprints of the refugee art. Proceeds from these fundraisers will benefit Samaritas Refugee Youth Programs. 


Visit the Samaritas Michigan Refugee Network page to make a donation, volunteer or offer other in-kind support to New American Programs. 

Become An Agent of Change


You are cordially invited to join Olympic Gold Medalist, Adoptive Father and Best Selling Author, Scott Hamilton, for an unforgettable evening filled with mission and fun surprise elements.


Samaritas West Michigan advocates, friends and colleagues can strut their stuff at the Be the Rock Gala on September 19, 2022. Join us for great food, auction items and more to raise funds that support our mission.


Ripples Gala on November 4, 2022 at the stunning historic Book Cadillac Hotel.


Volunteers are needed for both events. Please contact Patricia Sliter - patricia.sliter@samaritas.org or Tanya Horan - thora@samaritas.org for volunteer opportunities.

Click here to watch our exclusive interview with Scott Hamilton to learn more about our events.

Samaritas Foster Care

Town Hall Takeaways


Last month, Samaritas leaders and the state’s foster care leaders participated in a frank discussion about what’s causing so many kids of color to go into the foster care system. Emmy-Award-winning media personality, Christy McDonald moderated the 2022 Samaritas Foster Care Town Hall conversation with foster care experts like Trisha Sverns of Samaritas. Together they uncovered some of the reasons why Michigan’s foster care system is not always fair. In fact, Director Demetrius Starling, of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' (MDHHS) Children’s Services Agency (CSA) highlighted key findings from Michigan's Child Welfare Improvement Task Force Report. Visit this Samaritas web page to view a recording of this virtual panel.

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