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Time Line 2014-04-29T19:35:13+00:00

Samaritans – 40 Years of Compassion

1974 The Samaritans of Boston began operations from Arlington Street Church with 1 phone line, 22 volunteers and an open door

1977 The PULSE program for service learning at Boston College begins to provide student volunteers as befrienders

1986 Samariteens, a teen to teen helpline 1 800 252 TEEN (8336) starts answering more than 100,000 calls

1987 Samaritans begins to offer services to those impacted by suicide through SafePlace support groups

1999 Samaritans 5K Run/ Walk is launched in Boston and has grown to become Samaritans largest annual fundraising and community building event

2002 Samaritans participates in the creation of the Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention and becomes founders of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention

2003 Samaritans joins the National Suicide Prevention Network answering calls of help made to the two national numbers within Massachusetts

2005 Samaritans acquires the assets of Samaritans Suburban West and expands its service area and becomes Samaritans, Inc.

2007 Roberta Hurtig, Executive Director of Samaritans, Inc. receives a MCSP Leadership Award in Suicide Prevention

2007 Samaritans fields its first marathon team for the Boston Marathon with 2 runners

2008 Samaritans launches the Samaritans Statewide Helpline 1 877 870 HOPE (4673) which is a collaborative effort with other Samaritans locations and that is funded in part by the Suicide Prevention Program at the Department of Public Health

2010 Cole Creative and MBCR receive MCSP Leadership Award in Suicide Prevention for their work with Samaritans to help prevent railway and subway suicides

2010 Make Noise to Save a Life fundraiser for Samaritans launched at Boston House of Blues to generate awareness among young people while raising funds to support programs and services

2010 Transgender Working Group, in which Samaritans is a key participant, is recognized with a MCSP Leadership Award in Suicide Prevention

2011 Samaritans Grief Support Services and Clinical Consultant, Jack Jordan, receive a MCSP Leadership Award in Suicide Prevention

2012 Hill Holliday partners with Samaritans to create its “Happier Boston” campaign is launched with social events throughout the communities we serve, including “Hi Five in the 5th” at Red Sox games in Fenway Park.

2012 Ron White, Chief Program Officer at Samaritans, selected to be a member of the board of the National Association of Crisis Center Directors and a member of the Steering Committee for Standards, Training and Best Practices of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

2013 Samaritans honored with Volunteer Program of the Year Award by the Massachusetts Service Alliance

2013 Samaritans selected as one of three centers to launch the national Crisis Text Line Network to help young people 13-25 via text

2014 Samaritans’ largest marathon team of 24 runs the Boston Marathon

2014 Samaritans celebrates forty years of service and compassion, more than 5,000 volunteers trained, more than 2.5 million calls answered, tens of thousands grieving individuals supported, tens of thousands educated about suicide prevention and countless lives saved