By Caitlyn Gudmundsen, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Samaritas, which continues to support refugees through programming like the virtual 2020 Youth Refugee Art Show.
Samaritas is one of Michigan’s largest faith-based, nonprofit health and human services agencies, serving the state since 1934. Samaritas works to transform “entire communities one life at a time,” with services for seniors, children and families, refugees, and others. Services include multiple programs for young refugees, including an unaccompanied refugee minor program, refugee foster care, transitional foster care, host homes, mentoring, tutoring, and interpreters. These programs help support youth as they transition to life in the United States, and provide them with a stable environment, as well as resources to help heal from past traumas.
Samaritas hosts an annual youth art show, with all proceeds supporting Refugee Youth Services programs. All of the art on display was created by the young people in the Samaritas Refugee Foster Care program. Art gives the youth an outlet to express themselves, and Samaritas celebrates their creativity, vibrancy, and energy.
This year’s art show is virtual due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and Samaritas is hosting an excellent virtual event. The art show video is, and Samaritas’ online store provides the opportunity for shoppers to have their favorite piece printed on any of the items found in the online store.
Thank you to Samaritas for your commitment to refugees in your community, and for your creativity with programming in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.