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The Samaritan Counseling Center and our services are supported by the generous contributions of individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations. Your gift makes it possible for us to subsidize fees for individuals, families and children who have little or no financial resources, as well as provide quality programming on mental health issues to members of our community.

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Samaritan Counseling Center’s 990 form can be viewed here.

To donate to Samaritan Counseling Center, click on our secure online donation button.  Please designate your gift to one of the funds or programs listed below in the purpose section on PayPal.

Or send your contribution and designation information to:

Samaritan Counseling Center
1803 Oregon Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601

Please include your name(s) as you wish it/them published in the annual report.

The Samaritan Counseling Center has three funds available to our clients as well as the following programs:

The Samaritan Fund
The Samaritan Fund allows the Center to provide subsidies for clients who cannot afford the full fee for counseling services. The Fund is also used to support other programs at the Center as needed.

The Silent Samaritan Fund
The Silent Samaritan Fund is the result of women silently supporting women in need. This Fund provides subsidies to women seeking counseling but unable to afford these services. Learn more about how this fund is supported.

The Child & Adolescent Fund
The Child & Adolescent Fund provides assistance to families for the cost of counseling, testing and assessment services. While these services are vital to accurate diagnosis and treatment, they are the most difficult to afford. The Fund also supports outreach programs delivering mental health services in other settings.

TeenHope
The best thing we can do for our future is to be more proactive in serving children and teens. According to the 2010 Summary Report on the Health of Lancaster County, nearly 30% of teens in Lancaster County have felt depressed or sad most days over the past year and, based on a recent Columbia University study, just 20% of teens with mental illness are being identified and treated. We can no longer rely on the same type of services and programs to provide the level of care needed today. As our community changes, so must we. That is what prompted the Samaritan Counseling Center to design a new outreach program, the TeenHope program.

TeenHope is an innovative in-school mental health awareness program. As a key part of TeenHope, we screen students for depression and suicide risk. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24. Lancaster County is not immune to the occurrence of teen suicide. Preventative mental health screening of adolescents using the TeenHope program is a vital tool that improves the changes of early intervention and prevention of complications of mental illness.

SafePlaces
SafePlaces is an expansion of the Samaritan Counseling Center’s SafeChurch program – a nationally recognized children and youth sexual abuse prevention program that provides education, extensive training and structured protocols to current and future pastors, church staff and volunteers working with children. The expanded program is equipping and inspiring adults to help shift culture to proactive engagement of all adults to protect children from sexual harm in all areas of a child’s world – including school, sports programs, scouts, church and home – and removing barriers to preventive steps and immediate action.

Our goal is to shift congregational culture to one in which adults are equipped and inspired to be proactive in identifying and preventing child sexual abuse—not only in the church, but in the broader community. We focus on sexual abuse because of its persistent prevalence in our culture, the reluctance of child victims to disclose, its long term psychological, medical and spiritual consequences, and the stigma and shame carried by many adult survivors with invisible wounds that haunt them for decades of life.

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The Samaritan Counseling Center is changing the culture in different environments throughout Lancaster County. We are creating healthier minds, stronger communities and brighter tomorrows for many people, families and organizations.

Help us grow these essential programs, expand our building to support our growing services and professional staff, and secure our future.

The Samaritan Counseling Center wishes to express our sincere gratitude for the support of our donors.

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The Samaritan Counseling Center wants you to be confident in your charitable giving. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

KEY INITIATIVES

Teen Depression & Suicide

Implementing a proven teen-screening program in Lancaster County schools that identifies students struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and substance use.

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Child Sexual Abuse

Expanding the Center’s nationally-recognized Safe Church Program that provides education and training to future pastors, volunteers and staff working with children.

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Ethics in Business

We shine the spotlight on local businesses and organizations that “do well by doing good,” while our annual program provides resources for people looking to establish ethics best practices.

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