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Touching Lives + Healing Hearts
November 2012

Celebrating Samaritans

In this season of thanksgiving, Krist Samaritan Center expresses its sincere thanks to the generous Samaritans that help support the Center's mission and make the work of our staff possible.

Thank you to everyone who attended and donated in support of A Samaritan Celebration 2012 on November 1st! The gala was an outstanding success, raising more than $375,000 for the Counseling Assistance Fund, which provides high-quality counseling on a sliding fee scale to those who otherwise would not be able to afford mental health care services. Since 1996, A Samaritan Celebration has raised more than $2 million.

The evening was also about recognizing those individuals who make significant contributions to the community. This year's Samaritan Spirit Award recipients are: Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD, Surgeon-In-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital; Terri and John Havens, philanthropists; and Steve, Sheri, Ellie and Martha Anne Dyer, missionaries to Peru.

Special Acknowledgements
Carol and Michael Linn, Chairpersons
2012 Gala Committee
Janet Horn, Silent Auction Chair
Gala Contributors
Auction Donors

Chairpersons Carol and Michael Linn

Honoree Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD

Honorees Terri and John Havens

Honorees Steve, Sheri, Ellie and Martha Anne Dyer

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Your Donations By the Numbers

•	42,000 families served.
•	$15 million in reduced fee counseling for families in need.
•	20 locations throughout Houston and Galveston.
•	More than 340 families receive treatment each week.
•	82% of clients receive therapy for anxiety, depression, grief, marriage and family relationships, addiction, abuse and mental illnesses. 
•	1 in 4 clients suffers from serious mental illness.
•	1 in 3 children evaluated through MindWorks Testing is diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder.
•	88% of clients report improvements in symptoms. 
•	95% of clients would refer their friends and family. 
•	80% of clients rely on the Counseling Assistance Fund's sliding fee scale for financial help. 
•	100% of funds from A Samaritan Celebration support services offered on a sliding fee scale.

MindWorks Testing

Many teens and children exhibit occasional inappropriate behavior — but how can parents know when their child's actions are indicative of deeper mental health issues? Certain recurring actions may be symptoms of behavioral disorders, including rebellion against authority, academic and legal problems, bullying of siblings and peers, cruelty to animals and serious criminal acts, such as vandalism, arson or theft. Recent research suggests that these childhood behavioral disorders are, in some cases, the result of bipolar disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — both of which involve major mood shifts. Because of overlapping symptoms among these disorders, diagnosis can be very difficult.  

While half of teens with behavioral disorders stop exhibiting these behaviors in early adulthood, approximately one-third of these cases progress into more serious mood, antisocial personality and psychiatric disorders. It is very important for children to be tested early to detect the presence of serious mental illness and prescribe treatment.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7554 x2752 or call directly at 281.956.2752.
At Krist Samaritan Center, our services include:
Counseling │ Psychological Testing │ Psychiatric Consultation│ Speech Therapy | Education and Training │ Congregational Care Programs 

For more information, call our main office at 281.480.7554 or visit our website. 

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