In 2001, Holy Cross Services and SER Metro-Detroit, two of the leading community service organizations in the metro Detroit area, opened the Samaritan Center on Detroit’s eastside – a hub of educational, social, recreational, healthcare and community services – to support the neighborhoods adjacent to the complex. This joint venture project is located on the former Mercy Hospital campus at 5555 Conner Street in Detroit.
The Samaritan Center has since become a catalyst for community health and well-being. The opening of the Samaritan Center was 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 this community. Through this joint mission, Holy Cross Services and SER Metro-Detroit converted the property into a center for community programs and services. The Samaritan Center is member of the Holy Cross Services family and Michigan’s largest one-stop, multi-service community center serving children, adults, seniors and families. Approximately 80 partners work collaboratively at the Center to provide services and support to one of Detroit’s most under-served communities. The Center attracts approximately 1,500 visitors daily and provides Healthcare, Employment, Housing, Transportation, Education, Food and Nutrition, and Financial Assistance services.
Recent enhancements to the Samaritan Center campus are part of an initiative that seeks to build integrated wellness campuses in each of
the Detroit’s seven city council districts. SER Metro-Detroit is a multi-service community-based organization with a 46-year history providing numerous citywide education, training and employment programs, and economic development for youth and adult Detroit residents and their families.