Parent Services

Samaritan Center provides training, education, emotional support and encouragement - not only to the boys in our program, but to their parents, extended families and guardians, as well. Parents are required to attend parenting classes and can also take advantage of our counseling programs, support groups and workbook/video training.

Samaritan Center's five-day residential program returns the boys to their homes on weekends and holidays and throughout summer vacations. With our behavior system using earned merits and demerits, the boys learn self-accountability and respect for those in authority. They also develop better social skills, discipline and strategies for conflict management.

In our classes, we teach parents how to employ our behavior system in their own homes.  Parents and family members learn how to better communicate with their child, about healthy boundaries, essential life skills, and discipline alternatives that encourage their child in a more positive and constructive environment.  By “working the program” at home the boy - and often his siblings - learn to behave well and eliminate destructive patterns.  Arguments, temper tantrums, door slamming, yelling and other detrimental behaviors become things of the past.

Our Parenting Classes help families to:

  • Understand the emotional needs of their child
  • Develop better communication skills
  • Teach their son - and other family members - that success comes down to making good choices in life and owning the outcome of their choices
  • Learn effective discipline methods
  • Strengthen their effectiveness in nurturing and teaching to the individuality of their child
  • Enjoy their child again
We are also working to expand our parenting classes to provide the greater community with resources that parents and guardians can use to strengthen their families and instill a healthy dynamic in their relationships.

Spotlights

Landau Returns! Sinatra, Motown and More

He's back - by popular demand!  We are pleased to announce that Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. will return for an encore performance at the Lyric Theatre on November 8, with proceeds benefiting Samaritan Center.  Learn more and get your tickets here

"Smarter" Set for November 19

Our most popular FUNdraiser, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" returns on November 19.  Get your team together and get ready for an evening of delectable food, spirited competition and non-stop entertainment.  Proceeds benefit Samaritan Center and will support the opening of our second cottage.  Get more info here or call 287-4123 today to reserve your seat!
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