2018-07-12 / News

Community foundation grants $4,500 for after-school program

The Saginaw Community Foundation recently granted the Samaritas organization with $4,500 to support the free after-school program, Guiding Light, at the Samaritas Community Center.

The program provides at-risk Saginaw youth with a safe place for after-school activities and educational enrichment. These developmental activities, including academic remediation, community service, nutrition education and recreational programs, encourage young people to cultivate their educational opportunities and sustain positive attitudes about their future while providing a safe and welcoming venue for extracurricular activities.

Samaritas has offered an after-school program at the Samaritas Community Center since 1948.

“We are grateful to the Saginaw Community Foundation for its generosity in supporting a muchneeded and highly successful program for at-risk youth,” Samaritas CEO Sam Beals said. Samaritas is a social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Organizers say it strives to be devoted to the Saginaw community, with programs for at-risk youth and families, foster care and adoption services, senior services including a newly-renovated senior living community, and more in the region to support families.

“This grant will help provide meals and educational enrichment for the youth who frequent our center,” Beals said.

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