How We Know It Works

In 2012, a joint comprehensive study was conducted by Stanford and Harvard Universities on a program known as the School for Educational Evolution and Development (SEED) in Washington, DC, which is very similar to that of the Samaritan Center’s. 

At SEED, as with the Samaritan Center, students live on campus during the week and return home on weekends and holidays. The impetus for these programs is to create educational opportunities and behavioral modifications while removing the children from the distractions and dysfunction of their home environment. Students are provided additional support by way of tutoring, counseling and after school activities.

Another spotlighted study is the Chicago Child-Parent Center Program, which much like Samaritan Center, emphasizes parental/family involvement. The philosophy of both programs is to address systemic family issues by developing better communication and behavioral skills. This is accomplished through a wide range of classroom, family and off-site activities. The involvement of parents/family increases the potential of overall success including:

            • Improved school test scores

            • A higher rate of high school completion

            • The potential of higher earnings

            • Higher achievement and lower criminal activity/incarceration

            • Better physical and mental health

But perhaps the most compelling evidence that the Samaritan Center program works are the men who return to visit our campus. The most common statement heard from them is, “Samaritan Center saved my life.” Many have married and are raising families of their own. Most have good jobs. They all have a sense of community and are working for a positive future for themselves and their families.  

Spotlights

Help Us Raise the Roof!

The Garden Cottage, Samaritan Center’s largest residence, needs a new roof as soon as possible to meet insurance requirements.  Click here to learn how you can help.

Samaritan Center's Golf Tournament Set for October 26

Join us for our annual golf tournament, with proceeds benefiting the Samaritan Center Scholarship Fund.  This year is particularly special, as we're celebrating our 50th year and holding the tournament at a new and exciting venue:  The Fox Club in Palm City.  Learn more here.

Benefit Concert: An Evening of Sinatra and Motown

Experience the voice that won America’s hearts as he performs an array of favorites from the Great American Songbook.  Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. won the sixth season of America’s Got Talent, and has gone on to hit the top of the Billboard charts and sell out concert halls across three continents. And he's coming to the Lyric Theatre on November 11 to perform a benefit concert for the Samaritan Center!  Learn more and get your tickets here.  

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