Margaret Rowe Atkins was the grandmother of Samaritan’s Place founders, Marc and Marilen Morris. In 1922, four year old Margaret was placed in an orphanage in Cleveland, Tennessee USA. Losing both parents to death from TB and war, she lived twelve (12) years in the Home for Children.
Eventually, Margaret met and married a young man named Max L. Atkins. Their union produced four outstanding children – JoAn, DeLois, Charles and Maxine. She remained the loving matriarch of her family until she went home to be with the Lord in July 2007.
Inspired by Ms. Atkins life, along with two decades experience of coordinating benevolence and relief efforts in the Philippines, the Morris’ established the Southeast Asia Medical and Relief Institute for Training Asians Non-Government Services, Inc. (Samaritan’s, Inc.), a non-stock, non-profit Filipino organization in October 1998.
In 1998, Southeast Asia Medical and Relief Institute for Training Asians Non-Government Services, Inc [SAMARITANS, Inc] was registered with the Security and Exchange Commission. In 1999 – 2000, licensure, property and physical plant development were processed. A license to operate from DSWD was issued in December 2000. Eight residential lots were purchased inside Metrogate Silang Estates, Silang, Cavite. Along with seven (7) international volunteer teams and the hired contration company, H.B. Lotilla Construction two duplexes and a security wall to serve as the organizations’ facilities were built.
Samaritan’s Place, which is the flagship project and program of SAMARITANS, Inc., officially opened its doors and began its operations of family-style residential care for kids and community services in June 2000.
SAMARITANS, Inc is duly licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to care for orphan, abandoned, foundling, and surrendered children. It is also licensed by the Inter-country Adoption to serve as liaison for Christian Adoption Services (CAS), USA and Inter-country Adoption New Zealand, NZ (ICANZ).