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Michigan nonprofit renamed Samaritas to reflect broad reach


One of Michigan's largest social service and refugee resettlement agencies says it's changing its name to reflect its broad, long-running reach.

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan is changing its name to Samaritas.

It's holding public events across the state to mark the launch, starting with Grand Rapids on Tuesday and Detroit on Wednesday.

Officials say internal research revealed many people didn't seek the more than 80-year-old organization for work or services because they weren't Lutheran. Yet it has hired and served individuals of all faiths and ethnicities.

Samaritas, which references the biblical story of the good Samaritan, continues to provide the same services.

They include refugee resettlement, adoption, foster care and at-home services and residential centers for the elderly and those with disabilities.

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