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Samaritan Counseling Center
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About Us

History

Osborne Plaza

Founded in 1982, the Samaritan Counseling Center of Western PA provides faith-based professional counseling and educational services that integrate the mental, physical and spiritual dimensions of each individual in our care. We serve insured, uninsured and underinsured persons—providing fee subsidies for those who lack the resources to pay.

Samaritan’s headquarters was originally located in Beaver, where Rev. Dr. Donald Hands served as our first Executive Director. With the encouragement of Rev. Dr. George Wirth, a satellite was established in Shields Church in Sewickley in 1984.

When Dr. Hands resigned in 1985, Sister Carla Weemhoff, who had worked as a therapist at the Sewickley satellite, became Samaritan’s second Executive Director. At this time, our headquarters was moved from Beaver to Sewickley. When Carla Weemhoff resigned in 1993, Carl Baughman became our third Executive Director.

  • In 1994 an office was opened in Cabot, Southern Butler County, with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church providing space.
  • In 1996, a satellite was opened in the city of Butler, with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church serving as the host church.
  • Our headquarters was moved from Shield’s Church to The Sewickley Presbyterian Church in 1997, where it remains today and houses our administrative operations.
  • As the need for services continued to increase, Samaritan opened an office in 1999 in Northern Allegheny County with the support of the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown.
  • A second Butler office was opened in 2005—located in the North Main Street Church of God.
  • In 2006, we opened an office in Beaver County located in the Beaver United Methodist Church.
  • In 2011, we assumed operations of the former Westminster Counseling Center in the Southern most area of Pittsburgh. Also in 2011, we opened a satellite in Rochester in Beaver County within the Grace Lutheran Church.
  • In January 2014, Samaritan opened another satellite in the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

Samaritan moved clinical services out of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church to an office suite in the Osborne Plaza in Sewickley (pictured above).

Early in 2012, Samaritan hired a Clinical Director who oversees daily clinical operations, supervises a team of therapists and carries her own caseload.

To date, we operate offices in 10 Western PA locations: four in Allegheny County, two in Beaver County, three in Butler County and one in Jefferson County.

Throughout the years, the demand for Samaritan’s services has continued to rise. In fact, the number of sessions we held from 2010–2014 grew by 87%! We are very thankful for the blessings bestowed upon our ministry and look forward to many more years of serving people in need.