In 1953, Chad Varah set into motion in London, England, which would become The Samaritans. Early in his ministerial career, he officiated at the funeral of a teenage girl who died by suicide. He never forgot the girl, and in her honor, he invited people who were suicidal to visit him and talk. While people were waiting to see him, they interacted with volunteers who were helping in the waiting room. He witnessed volunteers listening to those in need. Through compassion and acceptance, the volunteers were meeting the needs of those waiting to see him. This wonderful interaction became befriending, and those volunteers became known as Samaritans.
Take a moment to meet the extraordinary Samaritans of Samaritans Southcoast.