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"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for me 24/7 ..."- Caller
In This Issue:
  • You've Been Challenged- Double Your Impact Today
  • Join us at the Annual Memorial
  • Thank you Samaritans' Mentors!
  • Educating Gatekeepers
  • Meet our 2017 Boston Marathon Team
  • Additional Ways to Support Samaritans this Season
  • Upcoming Events
  • Work at Samaritans!
You've Been Challenged - Double Your Impact Today 
In response to recent Massachusetts state budget cuts, two anonymous donors have stepped up with a challenge. They have each pledged up to $25,000, for a total of $50,000 to match your year-end gifts to Samaritans.
Please help us continue to be there for anyone in need by donating to the  Samaritans 2016 Giving Grid today!
Your donation through the Giving Grid can help in many ways including:
  • Increasing the number of suicide prevention workshops we deliver
  • Providing continued comfort to suicide loss survivors through our SafePlace meetings
  • Training more volunteers to be able to answer more calls and texts on our 24/7 Helpline
  • Continuing to grow key partnerships with the MBTA and City of Boston to increase awareness of suicide risk and decrease stigma.
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Join us at the Annual Memorial Annualmemorial
I attend the Samaritans' Memorial Service because I know I'm not alone as a suicide loss survivor.  Because it's an opportunity for me to publicly talk about my brother Tommy and what he means to me.  Because it's an opportunity to learn about other survivors' loved ones.  The Memorial can be very moving and emotional at times as it brings to the surface how much we miss them.  But it is also very comforting because we publicly recognize who they are and how loved they are.   Other survivors may not personally know your loved one but they relate to your stories, your poems, your songs, and your letters - so at the Memorial, as a survivor, you are not alone.   - Suicide loss survivor and dear friend of Samaritans, Jane Quercia

We invite you to join us on Sunday, January 29, 2017 for Samaritans' Annual Memorial Service where we will share our love and our grief for those we've lost with others who understand.  Whether through song, poem, letter or silent observance - we will remember them. By coming together and memorializing our loved ones, we are able to share the everlasting imprint they have left in our hearts.

Those who attend range from people who have suffered a recent loss to people who are remembering a loved one lost to suicide years ago. Even if you have not lost a loved one to suicide, all members of the greater Samaritans' community are invited to join us for this powerful event. There is no more impactful way to be reminded of the importance of our work, nor more inspirational way to rededicate ourselves to the work of suicide prevention in the upcoming year.

When and Where : 3-5PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington Center (630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington), a social hour will follow the program to build upon the community of support we have created at Samaritans.

If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for this event or to find out more, please contact our Grief Support Services Manager, Emily Britt.

It's impactful for me to share [my wife's] memory with others during this special season. It's a little more reverent than the [5K] walk with people sharing from the heart, and it's nice to be in that environment and to share with people who get it.
Thank you Samaritans' Mentors Talkwithme
Samaritans relies on experienced volunteers to help support the training of new Befrienders.  We could not answer the thousands of calls that come into the crisis center without the help of these volunteers. Over the past four months experienced volunteers also known as Mentors provided 617 hours of mentoring to new volunteers working on the helpline.  In the month of October alone, 23 mentors provided 220 of those hours.  

On November, 2016 Samaritans hosted a mentor appreciation event at Papagayo to give thanks to the mentors who have committed additional hours of volunteer service to help train new volunteers.  Mentors, along with staff came together to enjoy great food and the company of one another. Mentors had the opportunity to meet those whom they have never met and others were thrilled to be able to reconnect with those whom they have met at other Samaritans events. 

Educating Gatekeepers on Suicide PreventionOutandabout
What a busy month we've had here in Community Education and Outreach!  While we are always out and about in schools educating youth on suicide prevention,  we also had the pleasure this month of educating teachers, administrators, and parents. It's so important to be able to provide these groups with the necessary information and tools to support those youth who might be struggling. This month, we held workshops for teachers, administrators, and parents in such places as Arlington, Winchester, and Medfield. For many of them, a topic that initially felt scary and uncomfortable started to feel a bit more approachable. Many teachers in particular commented that they often see warning signs in their students, but don't always know how to have a conversation with them or what to do. Being able to empower both teachers and parents is an important step in them being successful support systems for youth, in breaking down stigma, and in showing youth that there are caring adults around them that they can turn to in times of need.
Suicide prevention training is an essential community need. If your school, company or community organization is interested in arranging a training, you can find more information here, or contact Lauren.
Meet our 2017 Boston Marathon Team! marathon
On Monday, April 17, 2017 The Samaritans Boston Marathon Team will run 26.2 miles for suicide prevention. This year, we have a large team of 19 dedicated individuals who will run for Samaritans. On Giving Tuesday, the team raised a remarkable $15,628.60! Our goal is $165,000. If you'd like to donate to our team or one of our amazing runners, check out our CrowdRise page!

Thanks to the John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit, this is the 10th consecutive year that Samaritans will have a team running the 26.2 miles. Meet three members of our outstanding team:
  • Andrea Mendes: Andrea is a faculty member at UMass Lowell and a physical therapist. She is running the Boston Marathon in memory of her twin sister and best friend, Joann, who was also a physical therapist. Andrea became involved with Samaritans' after her little sister Renee organized Joann's Team for this year's 5K. Her family also regularly attends SafePlace meetings. To learn more about Andrea or make a donation towards her goal of $10,000, visit her CrowdRise Page.
  •  Bill Rugg:  Bill is a lifelong athlete, passionate about pushing his own limits, challenging himself physically and mentally, enjoying the confidence that comes with the completion of a challenge.  Bill's passion and commitment to health and wellness, fitness and nutrition has brought him to Samaritans, and he is extremely proud to have been selected to join an amazing team of caring individuals and is very excited to run the Boston Marathon for Samaritans.  To learn more about Bill or make a donation towards his goal of $15,000, visit his CrowdRise Page.
  • Craig Marulis: This will be Craig's first official marathon, and he is honored to be running for Samaritans in 2017. He hopes that his participation is a testament to the strength and longevity of the relationship between Samaritans and Boston College. He is also proud to represent LGBTQ individuals who may find themselves more at risk of contemplating suicide.  To learn more about Craig or make a donation towards his goal of $5,000 visit his CrowdRise Page.
  • Make a donation. Donate to the Samaritans team or directly to individual runners by visiting CrowdRise.
  • Qualified for the Boston Marathon and want to make your run more meaningful? Join our team!
Additional Ways to Support Samaritans this Holiday Season
  • Remember your loved one at The Annual Memorial, and remember to contact Grief Support Services Manager Emily Britt if you would like to add something to this year's program or program book -  Sunday, January 31st from 3-5PM with reception to follow at the Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church(630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington MA 02456)
  • Grief Support Services Training: February 18, 19, & 25 - to find out more about joining this training and the GSS team, contact Emily Britt.
  • Come and support Samaritans runner's at the 2017 Boston Marathon on Monday April 17th. 
  • Save the Date for our 2017 Breakfast for Hope event! It will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Westin Copley Hotel. We hope to see you there!
Work at Samaritans!careers
Interested in preventing suicide as a Samaritans' staff member or intern? We are currently accepting applications for: