International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the standard of living in garbage dump communities. With headquarters in Ann Arbor, they have offices in Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia. In 2019, International Samaritan received an impact grant from the Catholic Foundation to provide service immersion scholarships to low-income Detroit Catholic school students who will travel to serve members of the garbage dump communities. They also opened the International Samaritan Endowment Fund with the Catholic Foundation in 2019.
This year, Greg and Phyllis DeMars used their Donor Advised Fund (DAF) with the Catholic Foundation in a unique way – to support an effort to educate healthcare workers about human trafficking. Human trafficking is the crime of buying or selling persons for labor or sex by force, fraud or coercion. Michigan is ranked sixth among all states in human trafficking cases reported.