Our Journey So Far: What’s New at Samaritans

Our vision is to create a world without suicide, and to get there, there are thousands of smaller goals that we need to accomplish first. We want to share some stepping stones of progress that we have experienced in this first month of 2023. Thank you for celebrating with us along this journey.

  • We surpassed our end-of-year fundraising goal
    We want to thank everyone who contributed to our end-of-year campaign to help us raise funds for our work in 2023. Thanks to your generosity and your belief in our mission, we surpassed our goal of raising $225,000. We raised $231,720! And thanks to the generosity of the Bancel and Herzfelder families who agreed to match every dollar donated up to $225,000, we were able to secure $456,653 in support of our work this year. We are so humbled by everyone’s generosity.  Thank you.
  • We gathered for our Annual Memorial for Suicide Loss Survivors
    As a way to support suicide loss survivors, we held our Annual Memorial on Sunday, January 22 at the Arlington Street Church, the very place where Samaritans, Inc. started in 1974. With more than 75 people attending in person, and 25 people watching online, we listened to poems, reflections, dedications, and musical performances to honor those lost to suicide and to support each other as a community.

  • Our Boston MarathonⓇ runners are on the move
    Our team of 13 Boston Marathon runners are moving into the height of their training and their fundraising for the upcoming race in April. So far, they have raised close to $85,000 of their $150,000 team goal, and two team member have upcoming events that they would like to invite everyone to:
    • Niklas Jordow is hosting a $25 “Burn & Brunch” Charity workout class on Sunday, February 5th at BronCore fitness at 10:15AM with a brunch to follow at Warehouse Bar & Grille. Here is all of the information that you need to attend.
    • Tricia Dacey is hosting a fundraiser at Landmark Public House in Dorchester on March 4th from 1-4PM. Tickets are $25 each, which includes trivia, raffles, a 50/50 and appetizers. Message Tricia for more information at [email protected]

  • We made Hey Sam easier to reach
    Rather than having to remember a 10-digit number, we have shortened the Hey Sam number to 439-726 to make it easier for young people to text for support. We also launched a new Instagram account – @textheysam – and a Facebook account – so that young people can more easily reach out via social media. And we are thrilled to report that to date we’ve been able to deescalate all high-risk conversations on the line, avoiding the need to involve emergency services.

  • We opened registration for our 2023 Breakfast for Hope
    Save the date for our annual Breakfast for Hope, which will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at Boston Park Plaza. This year we will focus on how important community and connection are for suicide prevention, and we hope you will sign up to join us. You can register at www.breakfastforhope.org