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Samaritas creates communities of service. We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions. A social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Samaritas is not just for Lutherans. The church has been meeting people’s needs since the early 1900s when a Lutheran "city missionary" arrived in Detroit to provide services to the poor. From the very beginning, Samaritas has reached out to individuals regardless of their religion, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity. The organization was incorporated as the Lutheran Inner Mission League in 1934. Today, Samaritas spans the state’s Lower Peninsula with more than 70 programs in 40 cities. Samaritas diverse staff share a dedication to serving their fellow humans by doing the right thing, for the right reasons, every day. OUR MISSION: Serving people as an expression of the love of Christ OUR VISION: We connect people with families and communities, empower them to live their fullest life possible, and create a ripple effect of transformation. Our Core Values: People First Quality Service Stewardship Innovation Communication Guiding Principles: We work as one team We support and trust each other We celebrate differences and respect others We find individualized solutions We act with integrity and transparency We do not cut corners We go above and beyond We strive for maximum efficiency We optimize resources We seek opportunities We welcome new ideas We challenge the status quo We lead change We listen We encourage open, honest dialogue We educate

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