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Renee Booth Joins Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families

Renee Booth Joins Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families

Article By Jackie Holfelder

Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families which has, for more than 50 years, served Martin County boys in grades 1-8 whose challenges often result in poor behavior and academic performance, has announced the appointment of Renee Booth as new Executive Director, effective August 1.

Booth is well-known on the Treasure Coast and has an extensive background in the world of nonprofits, particularly those serving children, that spans almost 20 years.

Most recently, she was Vice President of Philanthropy for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Prior to that, her roles included Vice President of Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County and Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast.

Booth is a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE) and holds herself to the highest ethical and professional standards.

She’s active in both volunteer and professional organizations, including Association of Fundraising professionals and Leadership Martin County.

In 2012, she was awarded a United Way of Martin County, Character Counts Pillar of Character Award.

Booth says, “I’m a visionary and have long terms goals that include building upon the solid foundation that’s been laid and taking steps to ensure a healthy financial future for the Samaritan Center mission.

“My immediate goals include working with the team to bring the boys back to a safe and healthy environment where they can learn to thrive with their families as valuable and productive members of their community.”

Simultaneous with announcement of Booth’s hiring, Amy Christensen shared word of her retirement after nine years as Executive Director.

During her tenure, Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families flourished as it grew to serve the needs of the community.

Christensen developed important partnerships and working relationships with other area non-profits and organizations such as the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, which has provided important mentoring for the boys.

“Renee will bring things to a new level,” Christensen said. “I fully support her. This will be a very positive move for Samaritan Center.”

To learn more about Samaritan Center for Young Boys & Families, visit    



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