Starting a new Center

During its 44 year history, the Institute has started 81 Centers and has helped in the development of an additional 88 established programs that affiliated with the Samaritan network.  The experience and resources of the Institute greatly enhance the likelihood of a Center’s success.

Opening a new Samaritan Center normally requires 18 – 24 months. This includes forming a board, incorporating as a 501(c)3 organization, fundraising, recruiting an executive director, securing office space, and marketing. The Institute charges a set fee per month plus travel expense for three to four onsite visits. The fee includes all consultation and materials.

The first phase in starting a new Samaritan Center is to investigate interest level, need, and potential support. There are normally three steps:

The Institute does not charge for its assistance with the investigative phase.