To the Samaritans Community,
I am pleased to present Samaritans, Inc.’s Vision of the Future—2016. Since publishing Samaritans’ Strategic
Vision in 2010, Samaritans has expanded its services and impact, and has accomplished important goals related
to our mission. We have made great strides in delivering Samaritans life-saving services over the last five years:
Intervention – On Samaritans 24/7 Helpline, we have answered more than 577,000 calls and we have made
over 2,050 contacts through online chat. We supported the national rollout of a text platform and launched
text support on Samaritans Statewide Helpline in October 2015.
Prevention – Samaritans has delivered more than 1,350 community education and outreach workshops to more
than 59,000 participants.
Postvention – Samaritans Grief Support Services program made over 4,600 contacts with survivors of suicide
loss through our peer-to-peer support groups, supporting over 700 new participants.
Financially, we are building a sustainable future and have generated a modest but healthy increase in budget,
which has provided the ability to expand services and increase community involvement. Our three signature
fundraising events, the 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention, Breakfast for Hope, and Boston Marathon
team, continue to grow. We have also introduced new fundraising opportunities, such as our HopeRaisers
peer-to-peer fundraising tool, and the Monica Dickens Legacy Society to support planned giving. We are
working to build collaborations with other nonprofits, government entities and corporate sponsors to
strengthen our programs and increase outreach.
It was a great honor to be named as Samaritans Executive Director in January 2015, after eight years as a
Samaritans Board Member, including two years as Chair of the Board. After losing my sister Kathy to
suicide in 1986, my family was forever changed. We were fortunate several years later to learn of Samaritans.
I personally experienced the life-altering services that Samaritans provide following Kathy’s death, and
became a phone volunteer. Given the personal impact of Samaritans on my life, I left the corporate world
to start a new chapter in my life as Executive Director.
I am excited to be working with the Samaritans community to achieve our important and ambitious goals.
We hope that you are motivated by Samaritans Vision of the Future—2016 and will collaborate with us to
achieve our goals.
With HOPE and best regards,
Executive Director, Samaritans, Inc.