Who We Are
We are compassionate individuals committed to saving lives in the southern Arizona desert. We believe in respect for human rights and one's ethical responsibility to assist those who are suffering. Founders Shura Wallin and Pastor Randy Mayer decided in 2005 it was time to establish a Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritan group that would work independently and as a complement to the Tucson Samaritans.
“When I look into the faces of the migrants we encounter, my heart begins to sink. When I see a smile across their faces, it is worth every moment of despair I have felt.”
January 2012 marks the seventh anniversary of the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans. As a co-founder of that humanitarian group, Shura Wallin clearly remembers how it started.
Randy Mayer knew exactly where he was going in 1998 when he accepted a call to the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona. His family had lived in Albuquerque when Randy was very young, and his father had a fascination with the desert and the culture of the Southwest. Family vacations often brought the Mayers to Arizona to visit family and to explore the borderlands and Mexico.
MEET MORE SAMARITANS
Peg Bowden - Blogger Extraordinaire
Jaimie Brusstar - El Comedor Faithful
Sara Busey - Operation Streamline Go-To
Laurie Jurs - Animator, Writers Group
Barb Lemmon - Driver, Searcher, Recorder
Sharon Proctor - El Comedor Advocate
Sandra Rooney - Connector, Scheduler
Harry Smith - Connector, Water Dropper