Samaritas News & Updates - June 2020
This past Saturday, June 20, Samaritas Nation celebrated  World Refugee Day and the many ways in which our New American services have enriched the lives of refugees. In the last several years, the primary group of refugees we have helped to resettle have been from the Congo, it has been our privilege to serve refugees as “An expression of the love of Christ” who have come to us from around the world to escape war, persecution and terror in their home countries for 71 years. We have been grateful for the opportunity to welcome and serve refugees through our staff, volunteers, supporting churches and many donors.

One of the many ways we seek to provide heartfelt and excellent service to refugees is to help others learn about the critical need for this service and to help lead in this space throughout the state. One such example is the New American Town Hall that we hosted this past Thursday. To gain a sense of the value, influence and advocacy Samaritas leads in this regard, I am confident you will enjoy and be proud as you watch this presentation:

The Samaritas Youth Art Show
The event is now live with items available for purchase!
The Samaritas Refugee Youth Advocacy Board is proud to present the annual Samaritas Youth Art Show! to celebrate World Refugee Awareness Week.
The “Let the Love Shine/Deja el Amor Brillar” virtual gallery will feature interesting paintings and mixed media art pieces created by students in Samaritas’ Foster Care Refugee Youth program . Many of the pieces will illustrate their poignant personal journey of coming to the United States.

This year’s show will also offer art aficionados the option of choosing their favorite piece and having its image printed on an item of their choice such as a greeting card or canvas tote bag for a fee.

The proceeds will benefit the Samaritas Youth Refugee program and help fund enrichment programs managed by the Samaritas Youth Advocacy Board members.

Visit for event updates and to learn more about this program. Download this flyer and this Facebook post to spread the news. 

Dust off your ride and cruise back in time to the Drive-In days. You are invited to join Event Chair  Margaret Trimer  and Event Vice-Chair  Thomas Shafer  on  Thursday, August 27 at 7:00pm  at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth for 1950’s themed evening out with friends and supporters from the safety of your car at The Samaritas Summer Drive-In.

You will be sock hoppin’ and bee boppin’ to the all the classic tunes with live entertainment while sippin’ on root beer floats in your bomber jacket or poodle skirt and watching a movie under the stars all from the safety of your own car.  Got a classic car that’s been tucked away all winter?  Don’t miss your chance to cruise down to the Drive In and show off that ride in style!

Cruise back in time to the drive-in movies! Join chairs  John and Sandy Lowery, Bing and Jean Goei  and co-chairs,  Dave Shaffer and Renée Williams  , on Monday, September 21, 2020.  Be the Rock  Under the Stars  will take place in the North Parking Lot at the West Michigan landmark Fifth Third Ballpark.

Be the Rock Under the Stars  is the not-to-be-missed fundraising event of the summer. Rock and Roll to LIVE entertainment, an evening filled with inspiration on the big screen, and summer treats like barbecue and root beer floats all from the comfort of inside your own ride. Join us for this unforgettable bash to raise critical funds for COVID-19.