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Organization dedicated to helping those who are in despair

Volunteers gathered at an area restaurant to lament the closing of the Framingham office of Samaritans.

Michele McDonald for The Boston

Volunteers gathered at an area restaurant to lament the closing of the Framingham office of Samaritans.

Last week’s closing of Samaritans’ Framingham office was done with careful consideration for the organization’s best interests and, most importantly, for the people we serve (“Framingham Samaritans lament closed office, layoffs,” Metro, June 12).

As chairman of the Samaritans board of directors, I want to assure the community that this decision and the manner in which the office closing was conducted were undertaken with a clear focus, specifically to continue providing and to expand our life-saving services.

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The Globe and other media outlets have reported recently on the declines in fund-raising, grants, and annual gifts that are affecting organizations such as ours. When making the decision to close the Framingham office, our first concern was to our mission, which is to eliminate the incidence of suicide. We do this by providing free and confidential support to people in crisis 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We made the decision to consolidate our offices in a manner that ensured the continuity of Samaritans’ services to our callers without disruption.

Samaritans has a proud 40-year track record of serving the most vulnerable members of our society. Even in these difficult financial times, we shall remain steadfastly focused on helping those in despair.

Peter Marsh

Boston

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