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Our Stories

All across Maryland, change is happening. And it’s the reason we do what we do. We love hearing stories about how one of our volunteers made someone’s day or one of our programs changed someone’s life. Here are just a few of the countless stories of improved lives as a direct result of our committed employees, volunteers, and donors.

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Achieving Independence

Sarah’s House

Andrew doesn’t want his children ever to experience the financial insecurity and homelessness that he has endured for more than half of his life. With parents who were unable to care for him, he was “in foster care at age four,” he said, “arrested at 19, and released with nowhere to go, bouncing back and forth from place to place, staying outside.” Always a hard worker, he was supporting himself and his girlfriend with a job at a restaurant at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in 2020. Then the Covid pandemic hit, the world shut down, he lost his job, and…

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Aging with Dignity

St. Elizabeth’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Christine has always admired her caring and indomitable mother. Bertha Paul rose to a management position at Montgomery Ward’s, and then ran a daycare business out of her home. “My mother is a very loving person, and she threw everything she had into taking care of other people’s children after raising six of her own,” she said. So it was Christine’s husband who first noticed that the time had come for the caretaker to get some loving care of her own. When they built their house nearly 20 years ago, they made a place for Bertha there, so Bertha was…

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Supporting Children & Families

Carroll County Head Start

When their grandson, Oliver, was born, Susan and Marlin Felmey were there to help. “It’s so expensive to live in Carroll County, it’s hard to make ends meet,” they said. So their empty nest was full again. When Oliver was 18 months old, their daughter enrolled Oliver in Head Start, and “our only complaint is that it doesn’t go to 12th grade,” Marlin said. “We have loved every minute.” The Felmeys take every opportunity to be involved. Marlin sits on the program’s Policy Council and was recognized for his service as Carroll County Head Start Parent of the Year. It’s…

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Welcoming New Neighbors

Centro Esperanza

En 2012, Williams, de 16 años, fue solo uno de las decenas de miles de niños de América Central que cruzaron la frontera sur hacia los EE. UU. solos. Cuando fue detenido en Texas a su llegada, Williams ya había soportado un viaje aterrador y aún enfrentaba un futuro incierto. Al salir de El Salvador, simplemente había estado corriendo por su vida.

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Empowering Careers

St. Edward’s Workforce Development Center

When Derek got his one-year certificate at Vehicles for Change, it was the longest he’d ever worked at a job. “I get to work early every day,” he said.

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Welcoming New Neighbors

Esperanza Center

In 2012, 16-year-old Williams was just one of tens of thousands of children from Central America crossing the southern border into the U.S. alone. When he was apprehended in Texas upon arrival, Williams had already endured a terrifying journey and still faced an uncertain future. In leaving El Salvador, he had simply been running for his life.

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Achieving Independence

Our Daily Bread

One of Shehan Baird’s earliest memories is of accompanying her grandfather on weekly trips to drop food donations at Our Daily Bread and seeing “so many people outside waiting, so many people in need.”

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Aging with Dignity

Village Crossroads

Barbara Royster thrives in her role as a go-to resident at Village Crossroads. One of the first to move into the new facility in 2013, she made sure her apartment was on the first floor.

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Healing Trauma & Addiction

Fallstaff Behavioral Health Clinic

In some ways, the pandemic has opened up new ways for Villa Maria to make community-based behavioral and mental health services accessible to clients.

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Welcoming New Neighbors

Esperanza Center

Much of Karen Scheu’s life has been shaped by two loves: nursing and the Spanish language. Today she is a family nurse practitioner on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

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Achieving Independence

Gallagher Services

Brian Trees’s passion for his work at Gallagher Services is fueled by knowing that a huge amount of talent is being wasted in this country.

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Supporting Children & Families

Community Leadership

Until his family moved to South Baltimore in the 1960s, Michael Middleton lived in a Cherry Hill public housing project dotted with beautiful cherry trees—and located just 200 yards from the city dump.

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Achieving Independence

Anna’s House

“Three years ago I hit rock bottom,” Tiffany Corey recalled while balancing her cheerful infant son on her hip and keeping a close eye on her lively toddler daughter during a recent visit to Anna’s House.

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Welcoming New Neighbors

Esperanza Center

Rose Richardson’s journey to the Esperanza Health Center in 2017 was a long and difficult one. She’d come to the U.S. from Jamaica in 2011, and began to notice serious health problems while pregnant.

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Healing Trauma & Addiction

St. Vincent’s Villa

Throughout Amiyah’s young life, the only constant has been loss. She has shuttled between the great-grandmother she calls Grumzie and her sometimes-homeless mother.

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