2016 Authors’ Luncheon

A cold call, current news and a video preview….

Just a few brief items to tell you a little about this year’s authors.

In the Development office we sometimes make cold calls, but we very seldom get them! A lady, unknown to Saint Martin’s, who heard Sarah Kaufman speak at the Crofton library enjoyed Sarah’s talk so much she wanted to hear her again.

Looking on Sarah’s web site she found that the next Maryland location where Sarah will be speaking is our luncheon! She called the Development Office asking whether it was a private event. We were happy to send this new friend an invitation and glad to know that Sarah’s messaged resonated so much.

Not sure about Chasing Gideon? Check your favorite news source for an update on what’s happening In Orleans County, Louisiana. The Supreme Court case may have been in 1963, but lack of public defenders is an on-going story. Here’s a good link for some background.

Childhood Disrupted is described as the first book that explains the new unified science of human development in clear language for people who aren’t scientists or medical professionals. Donna Jackson Nakawaza did a reading in Annapolis in Auguust 2015. You can learn about her book by watching this quick You Tube video.

Donna is going to talk about ACEs, Adverse Childhood Events, a tool that helps us relate trauma and toxic stress to behavior and health. This is an important topic for our work at Saint Martin’s House. We think you will appreciate this look into the lives of people who could have been SMH clients.

Tickets are $90. Please click here to see the invitation and RSVP. For additional information please call Deborah Hudson Vornbrock at 410.634.2537 x 102 or by email at devdirector@stmartinsministries.org

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Winter 2015 Newsletter

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New Ways to Give

You make a difference

 Your support makes it possible for us to help families who come to us for food, clothing and shelter. Here are some new, easy ways to support Saint Martin’s Ministries.
Together we can continue to make a difference for families in need.


When you do your Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile and choose Saint Martin’s Ministries as your preferred charity, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Saint Martin’s Ministries.

Please bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1913676 and support us every time you shop.

Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com will result in donations.

centerSimply go to www.goodsearch.com and click on Find a cause to support.
Type St. Martin’s Ministries.

Next, click through to the partner merchants (clicking on the merchant’s link will open a new browser window and redirect you to their site) and start shopping! A percentage of your purchase will go to Saint Martin’s.

rightDonate your car to Saint Martin’s Ministries.  We are working with CARS to make the process as easy as possible.  Visit their website to learn more about the process or give us a call at the office (Deborah at 410.634.2537 x102). Just call 855-500-RIDE (7433) or complete the Easy Online Form. Be sure to choose your Favorite Non-Profit (St. Martin’s Ministries in Ridgely, MD). CARS will do the rest from pick up to receipt and Saint Martin’s will receive a donation!

You can also support Saint Martin’s by making a donation online.

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2015 Rounding Up the Arts Annual Dinner and Auction

Invite FrontPlease click here for more details about the 2015 Rounding Up the Arts Annual Dinner and Auction.

For more information please contact glostyer60 [at] gmail [dot] com or 267.664.3965.

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Music On The Miles


To order tickets online please click here and on the Donate button. Please be sure to put the number of tickets in the purpose field of the donation form. If you have any questions please call Deborah at 410.634.2537 x 102 or by email at devdirector [at] StMartinsMinistries [dot] org.

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Saint Martin’s Ministries Announces Winners of 2nd Annual 5K to Chase Off Poverty


For the second year Mason Ratcliff took first place in the Youth category in Saint Martin’s Ministries 5K to Chase Off Poverty (COP). Mason is 7 years old and may have a great future as a runner. First place men’s was won by Steven Wheeler with a time of 19:04, beating last year’s top male, Trey Hill, by more than a minute. Lacy Hesson took first place in the women’s group. Claire Vornbrock was the top runner in the Fun run.

Click here to view the 5K results and here for the Fun Run results.

Saint Martin’s Ministries congratulations these runners and thanks all who supported COP. It is a great run for kids and families. The entire course is on private property/closed roads. The event also includes music, food, and kids activities. The Thrift store at Saint Martin’s Barn is open for shopping.
A major sponsor for this year’s COP was Caroline County Department of Health’s Pregnancy and Tobacco Cessation Help program (PATCH). Heather Reed from the Health Department was on site providing information on smoking cessation, the effects of second hand smoke and ways to stop smoking. There were 14 sponsors, and five sponsors also participated as runners in the race — Sue Fleegle from Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral, John Friel from Monoponson Consulting, Cheryl and Trey Hill from Harborview Farms, Lynn Knight from Law Office of Lynn Knight and Jeff Powell from Towers Concrete.
In addition to the PATCH program presenting sponsors were Callahan’s Gas and Appliance of Centreville and Tricycle& Run from Saint Michaels. TriCycle & Run provided race management and KC Darling was the DJ. Other sponsors included Choptank Transport, Doug’s Tire, Law Office of Lynn Knight, Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral, Foster’s Mini Mart, Freestate & Son Insurance, Harborview Farms, Impressive Printing, Monoponson Consulting, Nagel Farm Service, St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth Church and Towers Concrete Products.

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2nd Annual 5K and Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty



Our 2nd Annual 5K and Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty is right around the corner. Registration is open on active.com. Please consider running as a fundraiser or starting a team to fundraise. This is a great run for kids and families. The entire course is on private property/closed roads. We will have music, food, kids activities and the Barn will open for shopping. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about the work SMM is doing to help our neighbors in need! We hope you will join us and please share with your friends. You can also share the link from our Facebook Page.


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Saint Martin’s Ministries 18th Annual Authors’ Luncheon


Saint Martin’s Ministries and the Luncheon Committee extends sincere appreciation to all of our friends who supported or attended our Annual Authors’ Luncheon.  For the past 18 years the Authors’ Luncheon has brought nationally bestselling authors to the Eastern Shore for an afternoon of  discussions with the authors, book signings, and a silent auction.  This enlightening afternoon is an important fundraiser for the work of Saint Martin’s Ministries.

With the frozen bay as a backdrop, this year’s authors provided insight into the inner workings of the Supreme Court, of the iconic painted screens Baltimore and the beauty and uniqueness of the Eastern Shore through poetry.

Joan Biskupic whose biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and The Politics of Justice looks at Sonia Sotomayor’s rise from poverty to Supreme Court Justice. Ms. Biskupic has been featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and NPR and is the editor in charge for legal affairs at Reuters News.  Elaine Eff’s book, The Painted Screens of Baltimore documents a beloved folk art of Baltimore. Local poet Meredith Davies Hadaway’s two collections of poems, At the Narrows and The River is a Reason explores the beauty of local places and emphasizes the sense of place that is the Eastern Shore.

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Saint Elizabeth’s Food Drive


The Benedictine Sisters in Ridgely have a long history with Saint Elizabeth’s parish in Wilmington, Delaware and thus, so does Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM). This history includes Sisters that have taught at St. E’s schools, many donors who graduated from St. E’s and at least two Board members of Saint Martin’s who attended church and school in the parish.

Each year that relationship of giving and caring grows when St. E’s students conduct the annual Thanksgiving food drive. SMM Board Secretary Dana Delle Donne, principal of the Middle School, gives the assignment and every grade, PreK through 12 participates. Dana says, ‘They really take ownership of the food drive because the students have come to know and understand what SMM is about.’

This year SMM received more than 3000 pounds of donated food from the St. E’s drive, along with much needed personnel care products collected by the faculty. Father Norm Carroll, whose prior assignment was the Ridgely/Denton parish of St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth not only helps the students learn about helping others, but also came with Dana and a group of students to deliver all the food.

Cereal, pasta, tomato sauce, tuna and peanut butter and jelly flowed into Saint Martin’s warehouse. Many families’ food boxes will contain the foods from Saint Elizabeth’s students.

Thanks so much for your generosity.

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Thanks to all who joined us!

The 9th Annual Arts Dinner and Auction was truly a swanky, swell, time…really the bee’s knees. Thanks to all who joined us for the event as well as those who couldn’t be with us but supported Saint Martin’s.

Deborah Hudson Vornbrock
Director of Development
Saint Martin’s Ministries
PO Box 996
14374 Benedictine Lane
Ridgely, MD 21660


Phone: 410.634.2537 ext. 102

Fighting poverty on the Shore for over 30 years.

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