Boysville, SER Metro Join to Launch Samaritan Center in Detroit

Former Mercy Hospital facility becomes home to wide range

of community service organizations serving Detroit's east side



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Boysville of Michigan

    DETROIT, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and other
 community leaders today joined Boysville of Michigan and SER Metro-Detroit,
 two of the leading community service organizations in the metro Detroit area,
 to launch the Samaritan Center, a focal point for a variety of community
 services on Detroit's east side.  The center is a joint venture project of
 Boysville and SER Metro-Detroit and is located on the former Mercy Hospital
 campus at 5555 Conner Avenue.  It is known as the Samaritan Center in honor of
 Mercy hospital's founding name.
     The center was officially opened during a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony
 led by Mayor Archer, Boysville Executive Director and Samaritan Center Board
 President Br. Francis Boylan, csc, and Ignacio Salazar, President of SER Metro
 and Vice President of the Samaritan Center Board.
     The opening of the Samaritan Center is the fulfillment of a pledge by
 former owner Trinity Health to donate the 580,000 square foot hospital campus
 to a community organization committed to serving the needs of the Detroit east
 side community.  Through this joint mission, Boysville and SER Metro plan to
 convert the property into a home for community programs and services.
 Examples of programs based at the Samaritan Center are the Center for Job
 Training, the Youth Opportunity Movement, Child Care Coordinating Council,
 Black Family Development and Sirius Math Center.  Also included will be a
 residential program for youth operated by Boysville.
     In addition, Trinity Health has made a $2 million annual commitment to
 support the Mercy Primary Care center to provide health care for persons
 without medical insurance.  The care center is now operating in the former
 emergency room area of the hospital.
     "We envision the Samaritan Center as a hub of educational, social,
 recreational, healthcare and community support activities on behalf of the
 neighborhoods adjacent to the complex on Detroit's east side," said
 Br. Boylan.  "Through each organization's experience of working with children,
 youth and families from these neighborhoods, studying community planning
 documents, and discussions with key leaders of the Detroit community, numerous
 community needs have been identified.  It is the mission of the Samaritan
 Center to address those needs."
     "We are honored to be a part of this exciting initiative to help bring
 service providing organizations together to help improve the health and well
 being of community residents," said Salazar.  "Our plan embodies a commitment
 to provide the basis for the whole community to become stronger and healthier
 from infancy through adulthood and on into senior citizenship."
     Boysville is a Catholic-oriented family preservation organization governed
 by a community-based Board of Directors and administered by the Brothers of
 the Holy Cross of Notre Dame, Indiana.  It is guided by its mission to help
 all children and their families.  Boysville is based in Clinton, Mich., and
 operates programs in 35 locations serving youths and their families from
 nearly 100 counties in Michigan and Ohio.  Services include comprehensive
 child counseling and family reunification services, in-home counseling and
 intervention, day treatment, foster care, specialized educational and
 residential care.
     SER Metro-Detroit is a multi-service community-based organization with a
 30-year history providing numerous city-wide education, training and
 employment programs, and economic development for youth and adult Detroit
 residents and their families.
     With nine sites in Detroit, including two Youth Opportunity Centers, SER
 Metro-Detroit's service and program highlights include creation of a
 nationally accredited post-secondary business school, operation of city One
 Stop Career Centers, implementation of the landmark Youth Opportunity Movement
 (YO!) in the city's federally designated Empowerment Zone and operation of two
 YO! Centers.  Previously, SER implemented city-wide Employment Services with
 service to 116,000 job seekers during its 18-month service period.
 
 

SOURCE Boysville of Michigan
    DETROIT, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and other
 community leaders today joined Boysville of Michigan and SER Metro-Detroit,
 two of the leading community service organizations in the metro Detroit area,
 to launch the Samaritan Center, a focal point for a variety of community
 services on Detroit's east side.  The center is a joint venture project of
 Boysville and SER Metro-Detroit and is located on the former Mercy Hospital
 campus at 5555 Conner Avenue.  It is known as the Samaritan Center in honor of
 Mercy hospital's founding name.
     The center was officially opened during a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony
 led by Mayor Archer, Boysville Executive Director and Samaritan Center Board
 President Br. Francis Boylan, csc, and Ignacio Salazar, President of SER Metro
 and Vice President of the Samaritan Center Board.
     The opening of the Samaritan Center is the fulfillment of a pledge by
 former owner Trinity Health to donate the 580,000 square foot hospital campus
 to a community organization committed to serving the needs of the Detroit east
 side community.  Through this joint mission, Boysville and SER Metro plan to
 convert the property into a home for community programs and services.
 Examples of programs based at the Samaritan Center are the Center for Job
 Training, the Youth Opportunity Movement, Child Care Coordinating Council,
 Black Family Development and Sirius Math Center.  Also included will be a
 residential program for youth operated by Boysville.
     In addition, Trinity Health has made a $2 million annual commitment to
 support the Mercy Primary Care center to provide health care for persons
 without medical insurance.  The care center is now operating in the former
 emergency room area of the hospital.
     "We envision the Samaritan Center as a hub of educational, social,
 recreational, healthcare and community support activities on behalf of the
 neighborhoods adjacent to the complex on Detroit's east side," said
 Br. Boylan.  "Through each organization's experience of working with children,
 youth and families from these neighborhoods, studying community planning
 documents, and discussions with key leaders of the Detroit community, numerous
 community needs have been identified.  It is the mission of the Samaritan
 Center to address those needs."
     "We are honored to be a part of this exciting initiative to help bring
 service providing organizations together to help improve the health and well
 being of community residents," said Salazar.  "Our plan embodies a commitment
 to provide the basis for the whole community to become stronger and healthier
 from infancy through adulthood and on into senior citizenship."
     Boysville is a Catholic-oriented family preservation organization governed
 by a community-based Board of Directors and administered by the Brothers of
 the Holy Cross of Notre Dame, Indiana.  It is guided by its mission to help
 all children and their families.  Boysville is based in Clinton, Mich., and
 operates programs in 35 locations serving youths and their families from
 nearly 100 counties in Michigan and Ohio.  Services include comprehensive
 child counseling and family reunification services, in-home counseling and
 intervention, day treatment, foster care, specialized educational and
 residential care.
     SER Metro-Detroit is a multi-service community-based organization with a
 30-year history providing numerous city-wide education, training and
 employment programs, and economic development for youth and adult Detroit
 residents and their families.
     With nine sites in Detroit, including two Youth Opportunity Centers, SER
 Metro-Detroit's service and program highlights include creation of a
 nationally accredited post-secondary business school, operation of city One
 Stop Career Centers, implementation of the landmark Youth Opportunity Movement
 (YO!) in the city's federally designated Empowerment Zone and operation of two
 YO! Centers.  Previously, SER implemented city-wide Employment Services with
 service to 116,000 job seekers during its 18-month service period.
 
 SOURCE  Boysville of Michigan