Our Beginning …
In 1996, an incredible group of over 150 local women contributed $100 each to establish the Silent Samaritan Fund. Their efforts raised over $16,000 in that first year. The Fund enables women, lacking income or insurance, to receive services from the Samaritan Counseling Center. Now celebrating our 25th year, over 1,600 women have contributed to the fund, bringing the total raised to over $1,400,000.
To celebrate the generosity of the Silent Samaritans, the Samaritan Counseling Center holds an annual “Celebration and Thanks Giving Luncheon” in November. Silent Samaritans gather for food, fellowship and an uplifting and inspiring presentation by women of achievement.
Ways to Support the Silent Samaritan Fund
- Contribute $100 and attend the Silent Samaritan Luncheon.
- For another $100, invite and sponsor a woman who is not yet a Silent Samaritan to join you at the Luncheon.
- Give a gift to the Silent Samaritan Fund in memory of or to honor a family member, friend or colleague.
- Become a monthly recurring Silent Samaritan Champion.
- Celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Ask family and friends to donate to the Silent Samaritan Fund or the Silent Samaritan Endowment as a way to acknowledge your special occasion.
- Consider becoming a Luncheon sponsor or recommending a potential Luncheon sponsor. For more information, contact Stefanie Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send us names of other caring women who you believe would be interested in becoming Silent Samaritans and encourage them to join us.
- You also have the opportunity to give to the Silent Samaritan Endowment, a special fund to ensure that the mission of women helping women continues into the future.
Here are some testimonials from some of our Silent Samaritans:
“It has been my honor to partner with Silent Samaritans from the very beginning and this year, I am pleased to serve as your keynote speaker. The group’s mission reaches beyond the concept of wellness and appropriate mental health. It is about women helping women reach a place of true authentic purpose. Silent Samaritans, and the women who benefit, move beyond circumstances and situations to a powerful place of peace and acceptance.”
Kim Lemon, WGAL
“During the past several years, I have bought a table at the Silent Samaritan luncheon so that many of my friends could be aware of the varied and valuable offerings of the Samaritan Counseling Center as well as recognize the quality of its supporters.”
Pat Burnley Coon, Founder of Kitchen Kettle Village
“I learned of Samaritan Counseling Center years ago when they offered a series on loss. The opportunity to be part of that at that time of my life was a great comfort to me. It is a privilege to help make that possible for women who can’t afford it. I attend (the luncheon) because I love being surrounded by women who feel the same way.”
“The Silent Samaritans have directly and indirectly touched the lives of thousands of women who would not have received services otherwise. All of these are women who were in need of help at a very difficult time in their lives. For many years, counseling was the only way in which this assistance could be given, but recently, due to the expansion of our services, we have been able to help several women sort through vocational challenges or receive mentoring as well. The Silent Samaritans are truly a great example of women helping women.”
Gerald Ressler, former executive director of Samaritan
“Know how life can feel like a roller coaster, and moreover, sometimes a coaster with no tracks or guardrails? SCC counselors guide clients in learning how to get themselves in sync. Shouldn’t all women have this opportunity?”
Silent Samaritan Judy Sandt