The Samaritan Society

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Mission Statement

The Samaritan Society's Mission is to provide occasional financial assistance to those in less fortunate circumstances. It is our goal that by our actions we will help the recipients lift themselves up into a better position with a brighter future.

Executive Summary

The Samaritan Society was first organized in Salem Massachusetts on December 10, 1832. It was later incorporated in 1881.

Drawing upon a legacy of 178 years, the mission of the Samaritan Society of Salem, Massachusetts continues to provide occasional help to keep "desolation from the homes" of those less fortunate. This was the intention of a "few ladies of Salem" when they incorporated the Salem Samaritan Society in 1881.

The recipients of assistance were residents of Salem, or were originally from Salem, as was the intent of the originators. Over the years, the Samaritans organization has assisted several thousand individuals and families. More recently, the society has supported a 12 week job training program provided by Salem Harbor CDC, assisted residents of Brookhouse, helped with food pantry supplies, supported the Salem Mission, contributed to programs for the Plummer Home for boys, plus a myriad of other needs.

The scope of aid provided to the recipients has ranged from paying a month's rent, helping with moving expenses, and paying for overdue heating, electricity, and telephone bills. Oftentimes the reason that a recipient will be assisted by the Samaritans is when there is a sudden change of family finances such as job loss or injury.

As the Samaritan Society enters a new era, the mission of the society is unfortunately no less needed or valued. As there will always be those in need of assistance, the Society will strive in good faith to render assistance as we are financially able.


If you would like to assist our efforts please do so by becoming a member of the society. Additionally, within the organization, there are various volunteer and leadership opportunities available to those who, like the Samaritan, are willing to lend a hand to those in need.

The Samaritan Society meets at several times during the year, in Salem, to conduct business.

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