The Authors’ Luncheon benefiting Saint Martin’s Ministries is just around the corner. We are looking forward to seeing you all there. There are exciting silent auction items this year. Click here to see the catalog of Silent Auction items.
Saint Martin’s Ministries will be hosting our first annual run to “Chase Off Poverty” 5K and Family Fun Run in Ridgely on Saturday, June 7th 2014. The 5K, a timed event, and the Family Fun Run, a 1 mile event, will be held on the grounds of Saint Martin’s Ministries and The Benedictine School. The event will be a festive, family oriented event with music, vendors and local businesses set up in the runner’s village area. We are currently looking for those interested in volunteering, sponsoring and/or participating in this great fundraiser. More details will be available soon on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Martins-Ministries/146146165419502. For more information regarding our “Chase Off Poverty” event, please call us at 410.634.2537 and speak with Deborah Vornbrock (extension 102) or Kim Hopkins (extension 106). Or you can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Saint Martin’s Ministries is very pleased to announce that we have been chosen as a charity partner for the 2014 St. Michaels Running Festival. The St. Michaels Running Festival, now in its 3rd year, is one of the premier destination races in the Mid-Atlantic. Based in one of the oldest waterfront towns on the Chesapeake, runners will be treated to gorgeous water views, a quick mile past charming main street shops for the 10k and half marathon and an after-party in downtown St. Michaels.
Last year, St. Michaels Running Festival raised over $40,000 for its charity partners, and expects to well exceed that amount this year. Saint Martin’s staff, volunteers, residents and clients will be participating in the event. We are currently in need of volunteers to assist with the Running Expo, held on Friday, May 16th, as well as for race day. Any school age volunteers will be given credit for service learning. Saint Martin’s is also encouraging anyone and everyone to join our official race team. The course for each race is flat and fast, and an easy run or walk for anyone from seasoned runners to beginners. If you are not a runner, but would like to support Saint Martin’s in the race, please visit our official team site to sponsor one of our team members, or to donate to Saint Martin’s. (https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/SaintMartinsMinistries)
If you are interested in helping in any way, please call us at 410.634.2537 and speak with Deborah Vornbrock (extension 102) or Kim Hopkins (extension 106). Or you can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please visit our Facebook page for updates about the race and other events. https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Martins-Ministries/146146165419502
Our Executive Director/CEO, Jean Austin and Deborah Vornbrock, Director of Development, recently attended a workshop entitled “Beyond Poverty:Brain Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty“. One of the many vital take home messages of the workshop was that children of poverty have significantly different brains. The good news is that their brains CAN change for the better, and Saint Martin’s Ministries works diligently to make that change possible for the many children that we serve!
Saint Martin’s is grateful for the help from Sudlersville Middle School 8th grade students. On September 26, a group of 8th grade students spent the morning volunteering and providing much needed help with various jobs. The Sudlersville students have been coming to Saint Martin’s for a number of years. The time that the spend helping satisfies the hours required as part of their service learning curriculum. They will come again in October and November. We welcome groups of volunteers to help in the food pantry, thrift store and house.
The Arts Dinner and Auction – Under the Big Top – was a wonderful evening filled with exceptional art and good friends. A special thank you goes to the Dinner Committee for all of their creative efforts and just plain hard work. The event is an important fundraiser for Saint Martin’s Ministries and has a direct impact on the level of services we are able to provide to those who come to us for help. This was our most successful year ever.
The Dinner Committee, Saint Martin’s Staff and all of those who are helped by Saint Martin’s offer our sincere thanks to all who attended or supported the event.
The Board of Directors of Saint Martin’s Ministries is pleased to announce two changes in leadership. Effective immediately, Jean Austin assumes the new position of President/Chief Executive Officer. Sister Patricia Gamgort steps into the new position of Executive Director, Emerita.
Jean Austin has been with the Ministries since 2010, serving as the Director of Operations. As Chief Executive Officer she will assume overall direction for the ministries and report directly to the Board. Her career includes work in outreach education, and experience with non-profit organizations in both Philadelphia and the Eastern shore.
Sister Patricia Gamgort has been a part of the leadership for the Ministries since its beginning in 1983. In her new position as Executive Director, Emerita, she will provide counsel to the new Chief Executive and continue to stay in touch with the Ministries supporters.
Saint Martin’s Ministries helps low income mid-shore families meet basic needs of food, clothing and housing. In its 30th year in Ridgely, MD, the ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit organization. Saint Martin’s House, a 2 year residential program, helps women and their children transition from homelessness to stability. Saint Martin’s receives support from United Way and United Fund. Visit www.stmartinsministries.org for more information.