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:
- Step One – Preliminary Evaluation
Someone interested in having a counseling center and willing to provide leadership for the investigation phase should become familiar with Samaritan Centers. This information is available at several locations on the Institute’s website plus there are downlinks to many of the Centers’ websites.
- Step Two – SI Area Research
The Samaritan Center information is then shared with congregational and community leaders to see if they believe a program is needed.
- Step Three – Contact SI President/CEO
After receiving a positive response from the preliminary evaluation, the leader contacts the Samaritan Institute to discuss the next phase.
The Institute does not charge for its assistance with the investigative phase.