Samaritan Center thanks it donors |

Samaritan Center thanks it donors

Carolyn Pope

As the holidays draw nearer and the ski season revs into high gear, many locals might have feelings of loneliness, frustration, or just feel overwhelmed by work and other obligations.

With reduced health benefits offered from their employers, or mental health benefits unavailable, those who would value assistance often believe there is no help available.

Fortunately, there is help from many reputable and exceptional counselors in the valley. One in particular, the Samaritan Center, offers counseling and guidance services on a sliding scale. The Samaritan Center offers community-based counseling that is a resource for individuals and families who find themselves facing the inevitable difficulties and crises of life.

Recently, the Samaritan Center had a dinner thanking its donors at Mirabelle in Beaver Creek. Patrons and board members enjoyed the exceptional food and wine offered.

Each of the patrons had their own reasons for supporting the Samaritan Center, some through personal experience, many through personal knowledge of the staff and their programs.

As a nonprofit organization, the Samaritan Center relies on donations from individuals and companies who value the organization’s work and understand the necessity of having this organization in the community.

The Samaritan Center currently provides counseling from four exceptionally well-qualified individuals: Randy Simmonds, Ruth Walker, Judy Caligiuri and Esther Durrett. Each one of the counselors has been trained in areas specific to their practice, including family and marital counseling, adolescent issues, and even play therapy for children.

Their seminars include divorce recovery, marriage enrichment, church leadership, parenting, women’s support groups, mature-adult support groups, divorcing couples, building esteem in adolescents, getting along in the workplace and parent-defiant children.

For more information on the Samaritan Center or to make a donation, please call Randy Simmonds at 926-8558.

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