Nonprofit Samaritan Center provides low-cost mental health services

Samaritan Center is focused on providing accessible mental health treatments and services for anyone who needs it. (Photos courtesy of Samaritan Center)
Samaritan Center is focused on providing accessible mental health treatments and services for anyone who needs it. (Photos courtesy of Samaritan Center)

Samaritan Center is focused on providing accessible mental health treatments and services for anyone who needs it. (Photos courtesy of Samaritan Center)

Image description
CEO Cindy Long was drawn to the Samaritan Center because of its mission to “heal hearts, provide hope and enhance lives.”
Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care is focused on providing accessible mental health treatments and services for anyone who needs it, CEO Cindy Long said.

Samaritan Center has been serving the Central Texas area for 46 years and has been in Georgetown for 15 years, Long said.

“We are part of a nationwide network of centers that take a holistic approach to care, believing that mental, physical, spiritual and social well-being are equally important to someone’s overall health,” she said.

Long began working with the Samaritan Center nine years ago because she was drawn to its mission to “heal hearts, provide hope and enhance lives.” She added that mental health is extremely important, and everybody should have affordable access to any treatments they may need in that field.

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the center worked to ensure its services remained available to patients by pivoting to a telehealth platform. Through this, patients are able to set up appointments and have counseling sessions via video, Long said.

“Many of our clients really like telehealth; they really like that they don’t have to travel to an appointment,” Long said. “I imagine that we will be doing a hybrid of both in person and telehealth in the future.”

Some of the services provided by the Samaritan Center include therapy for individuals, couples, families and groups as well as integrated medicine available for children, teenagers and adults. As a nonprofit, the center is able to provide these services through grant funding from the Georgetown Health Foundation, United Way Williamson County and the city of Georgetown, Long said.

Samaritan Center also offers services specific to veterans and their families through their Hope for Heroes program. Funded by a Texas Veterans Commission grant, the program allows the center to provide low-cost sessions with a veteran-peer specialist, Long said.

She added that the center provides Spanish-speaking counselors, and, unlike most counseling centers, it takes insurance to ensure that it is an accessible resource to individuals.

"Our goal is for everybody to be able to have access to evidence-based mental health treatment,” Long said. “Our hope is that we can provide hope and healing to people who are in pain and who need someone to talk to.”

Samaritan Center

Village Lake Office Condominiums, 3613 Williams Drive, Bldg. 301, Georgetown


Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun. For appointments outside office hours, call for availability.
By Fernanda Figueroa
Fernanda Figueroa graduated from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a second major in political science. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, Fernanda now covers government and education for the city of Georgetown.


The safety and mobility project, which will widen D.B. Wood Road, will begin construction in 2022. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown hosts open house, seeks public feedback on D.B. Wood Road widening project

The City of Georgetown is hosting an open house in person and online where they will present information and take questions regarding the D.B. Wood Road safety and mobility project.

One of the most recent city projects being completed through the use of eminent domain is the Northwest Boulevard Bridge project, an I-35 east-west overpass bridge that connects north of Rivery Boulevard with FM 971. (Fernanda Figueroa/Community Impact Newspaper.
Georgetown has acquired 1,760 acres of land using eminent domain since 2016

By acquiring the land, the city has been able to complete six road and wastewater projects.

A continuous flow intersection allows vehicles to cross to the left side of the roadway to make a left turn. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
TxDOT seeks public input on proposed changes to I-35 in Georgetown

The state agency is proposing major changes between SE Inner Loop and RM 1431, including adding a continuous flow intersection at I-35 and Westinghouse Road.

The front of a small health clinic.
Outpatient clinic opening at end of June in Georgetown

The new clinic will provide care for individuals recovering from debilitating injuries or illnesses, including long-term effects of COVID-19.

A photo of inside a main room of Arbor Academy
Project-based private school in Georgetown now enrolling for August opening

Arbor Academy aims to provide a smaller community for students.

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center to get nearly $2M in federal aid for construction budget gap

The funds will go to help the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center cover increasing lumber costs.

Washington Prime Group Inc. owns six area shopping centers, including The Arboretum. (Courtesy The Arboretum)
Owner of multiple Austin-area shopping centers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The company owns several major retail centers in Northwest Austin, Georgetown and Cedar Park.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Nearly 80% of Williamson County residents over age 65 fully vaccinated and other COVID-19 news

Here is an update on COVID-19 numbers, including confirmed case and death counts, from Williamson County.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a call for Texans to conserve energy June 14. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy with generation outages 2.5 times higher than normal

"This is unusual for this early in the summer season," said Woody Rickerson, ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, in a news release.

UT Austin football stadium filled with fans
In Austin and the rest of the nation, the business of college sports is changing

If Gov. Greg Abbott signs SB 1325 into law, Texas will join a number of other U.S. states in allowing college athletes to profit off their names, images and likenesses.