Life @ Samaritan
A Westside Family Fun Day--A Party with a Purpose was held Saturday, March 9 at Carver High School. The event was produced by the Brighter Futures Task Force which is chaired by the Samaritan Counseling Center's Executive Director, Cary Kuhlmann.
The purpose was to provide parents information on the challenges of raising children: bullying/suicide; raising a child in the digital age; the strong willed child; and grandparenting. 

The event kicked off with an opening session featuring Mayor Todd Strange; Montgomery County Commission Chair, Elton Dean; Judges J.R. and Monet Gaines; and Willie Durham, 2019 President of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce who keynoted the session.

There were over 100 attendees, 30 volunteers from the Carver High School service clubs; and 11 exhibitors in a resources expo. The Fun Day closed out with a performance by the Carver High School Band. Thanks to Carver Principal, Gary Hall, for hosting the event.
Picture on top right: Westside Group (l to r): Cary Kuhlmann, SCC Executive Director; Chairman Elton Dean, Montgomery County Commission; Cubie Rae Hayes, Lanier High School Parent Liaison; Judges J.R. and Monet Gaines; Mayor Todd Strange; and Willie Durham, 2019 Montgomery Chamber President.

Picture on left: General Session audience
The Montgomery Kiwanis Club Foundation donated $20,000 to the Center's Phase 2 Renovation Campaign.
The total cost of the renovation to the offices at 2911 Zelda Road in Montgomery is budgeted to exceed $50,000. With several individual contributions, the Fund is approaching $30,000 in monies raised.

The Kiwanis Foundation in 2017 contributed $10,000 to the first phase of the renovation allowing the Center to add on the second floor 7 offices, 1 group therapy room, and a conference room.
Taste and Tour 2019
was last Saturday, April 6, and it turned out to be a special day for the Center with the Third Annual Taste & Tour at the Hamstead development raising over $28,000.

9 homeowners were very gracious in opening their beautiful homes for viewing by over 170 attendees. A party with door prizes and drinks closed out the evening.
Thanks to the Lowder family, homeowners, attendees and volunteers for making this event such a success!