SECU Women’s Recovery Center – Samaritan Colony's Changing Lives Campaign


An Addiction Recovery Center Dedicated to Women’s Well-Being

Changing Lives Campaign Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

What is Samaritan Colony’s Changing Lives Campaign?
After 48 years of providing residential treatment services for underserved men struggling with addiction, Samaritan Colony is moving forward with expanding our mission.

With the addition of the SECU Women’s Recovery Center at Samaritan Colony, we will soon be delivering residential treatment services to women struggling with substance use disorders and histories of trauma. Construction of the new facility will begin in the spring of 2022.

Our Changing Lives Campaign is a multi-year fundraising campaign with two objectives.
Phase 1: Secure the funds needed to construct a 13,000 square foot, 14-bed bed facility on our 25-acre campus in Rockingham, NC.
Phase 2: Secure three years of operating expenses and create the first endowment fund for Samaritan Colony.

How much do you need to raise? How will the money be used?

Estimates for the construction of the new facility are $3.4 million. Because of the incredible generosity of our supporters, including the Sandhills Center LME/MCO, SECU Foundation, The Cannon Foundation, The Community Foundation of Richmond County, The Cole Foundation, The James R. & Bronnie L. Braswell Trust, The Leon Levine Foundation, The Baxter Foundation, the state of North Carolina, Griffin Automotive Group and other private donors we have raised the necessary funds to cover the construction costs associated with the SECU Women’s Recovery Center.

The funds we are looking to raise encompass Phase 2 of the campaign and are estimated to be 1.9 million dollars. This amount covers three years of operating expenses for the SECU Women’s Recovery Center, plus creating the first endowment fund for Samaritan Colony.

How can I help
Financial support is needed, especially monthly sustainers (donors), to help us offset the costs of providing life-saving treatment to any woman seeking help. You can sign up to be a monthly donor on our website or contact our Development Director, Maggie Sergio, for more information.

Samaritan Colony also offers scholarships to program participants. Scholarships can be dedicated in the name of a family member, friend, or loved one.

Can I donate stocks, bonds, and other securities?
Yes. Samaritan Colony will gratefully accept stocks, bonds, or other financial securities gifts.

Samaritan Colony has an account with Charles Schwab. Philip Bailey is our financial advisor and point of contact. His office number in Southern Pines is (910) 684-4965. The service phone number for Charles Schwab is (800) 435-4000.

Who will benefit from my donation?
Directly, the underserved women (and their families) of the Sandhills region who will enter our residential treatment program. Once the SECU Women’s Recovery Center is fully operational, we anticipate 136 women will complete our 28-day treatment annually.

In addition to program participants and their families, the benefits to the communities served by Samaritan Colony are broad and far-reaching. The Surgeon General reports that every dollar spent on substance use disorder treatment saves four dollars in healthcare costs and seven dollars in criminal justice costs.

We hope you will continue with us on our journey, as we continue to change the lives of individuals impacted by drug and alcohol addiction.

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Ground-breaking ceremony for SECU Women’s Recovery Center

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Architect’s rendering of SECU Women’s Recovery Center

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Samaritan Colony is thrilled to announce that we have received a 1-million-dollar grant award from the SECU Foundation.

Harold and Tyrone Tyler SECU RVP

Tyrone Tyler, Senior Regional Vice-President for State Employees Credit Union (SECU) presents Harold Pearson, Executive Director of Samaritan Colony with a check for $1,000,000 to help build the SECU Women's Recovery Center.

With this gift, Samaritan Colony will be able to move forward with the construction of the SECU Women’s Recovery Center. The newly constructed, 14-bed facility will be located on our 25-acre campus in Rockingham, North Carolina.

After 48 years of providing residential treatment services for underserved men struggling with addiction, Samaritan Colony will be expanding our mission to include delivering residential services to women struggling with substance use disorders and histories of trauma.

Our feet have almost touched the ground as we begin working on the next phase of our capital campaign for the SECU Women’s Recovery Center.

While this generous gift from The SECU Foundation means that we can begin our expansion of the life-saving work of Samaritan Colony, the need to raise funds is greater than ever.

The SECU Women’s Recovery Center will continue in the same spirit as our men’s program. No one will ever be turned away due to a lack of funds.

In order for Samaritan Colony to support a second facility for generations to come we need to raise another two million dollars.

Why two million dollars?

This is the estimated cost for three years of operating expenses, plus the creation of the first endowment fund for Samaritan Colony. By having these funds secured, we can focus on providing treatment to underserved individuals who are struggling with addiction.


Why We Need Women-Specific Treatment

Women Experience More Obstacles and Shame

Fear of losing child custody, the stigmas associated with substance abuse, cultural influences, lack of social support, and other reasons make it harder for women to access treatment for addiction. While many of these obstacles can be dealt with, some women feel scared and ashamed to seek help. However, once a woman undergoes our treatment for addiction, we believe that she can recover successfully just like, if not more likely than men.

Addiction and Trauma Have Greater Impact on Women and Their Families

When it comes to drugs or alcohol, women are more quickly and adversely affected than men. This means that while women may consume less than men, they will experience the same, if not a higher level of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social damage over a shorter period.


Women Need a Safe Place to Build a Strong Support Network for Recovery

There are many underlying causes of addiction that must be addressed. These include lack of meaningful relationships and traumatic memories women may find hard to discuss with their loved ones. That is why women need to have a safe place where they can interact with others who share the same experiences.Our gender-specific treatment plan allows women to form a strong network of peers who support and understand each other.

Addiction Knows No Social Class and Neither Should Treatment

Although we do not offer free treatment, we ensure that our medically uninsured clients make payments based
on a sliding fee scale. We will always consider your financial situation and we will never refuse to admit anyone
based on their ability to pay. Our team also understands the value of charity which is why back in 2020,
Samaritan Colony (our 12-bed male facility) provided $470,000 for medically indigent men.

How Your Contributions Will Help Women

We encourage you to make donations so that we may achieve our goals such as:

  • Offer a positive economic impact from the creation of local jobs and permanent full-time professional and paraprofessional staff positions
  • Build the capacity to serve more than 120 low-income and medically indigent women in the first year
  • Create a positive impact on Community Colleges and Universities in providing them with a facility for internships
  • Educate the communities about Substance Use Disorders, harm reduction, and the possibilities of recovery through outreach
  • Save millions of dollars. NC DHHS reports that in 2016 alone, the Estimated Total Lifetime Costs for Medical and Work Loss from 100 Medication & Drug Fatalities for Sandhills Center’s 9-County area was 231 million dollars. Their medical costs alone were 1.7 million dollars.
  • Reduce crime rates and give capable and talented mothers, daughters, and sisters a second chance at success
  • Lower these costs and decrease the loss of lives through kind and compassionate treatment of women with Substance Use Disorders and histories of trauma

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic relapsing illness of body, mind, and spirit. It requires treatment, not just emergency intervention or medication.