Inaugural Kent County Golf Tournament

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For over 30 years, Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM) has been providing food, clothing and shelter to local working families, elderly and veterans who need help. SMM provides transitional housing residence for women and their children, emergency food and eviction prevention assistance, and a thrift store.  Poverty in rural areas is particularly problematic due to lack of available resources. All programs at SMM support our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (BBBSGC) is the oldest and largest mentoring organization in the region, having served the Eastern Shore since 1982. BBBSGC is committed to helping children reach their fullest potential through professionally supported youth programs with measurable impacts. Our programs are tailored to the needs of children and include educational and social activities that they would otherwise never experience.

Your participation or sponsorship has a real impact on the lives of our neighbors who need our help.

Includes: Greens Fees, cart, gift, box lunch, lite fare served after the round.  Throughout the day, golfers will receive complimentary beverages (tea, soda, beer).

Prizes: Hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to the pin and others.

Raffles:  Boat Equipment, Restaurant Gift Certificates, B&B Gift Certificates and others

 To register a team, become a sponsor or if you would like additional information about the event, please contact Mariyah Jenkins at 410.634.2537 x104 or by email at

Click here for a registration form.

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Remarks from CEO Jean Austin For the 19th Annual Book and Author Luncheon


19th Annual Book and Author Luncheon

March 5, 2016 ~ Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Stevensville

When I greeted the audience of the book and Author Luncheon in 2014 I thanked Sister Patricia for introducing me. Today I bring you her greetings from Kansas – she sent me an email last night asking that I share her loving thoughts across the miles and said, this past week the luncheon committee and all who work to make this event happen have been very present with her. She says, God Bless you and thank you for supporting SMM. (Sister Patricia has the same email. Her postal address is Mount Saint Scholastica 801 S 8th Street, Atchison, KS 66002.)

I must add my own thanks to Sister Patricia’s, – I want to acknowledge all who work to make this a great event — the committee, today’s authors who have given their time to be here, the individuals and businesses who provided generous sponsorships, the many individuals and businesses that donated to the silent auction, and the churches, businesses and organizations that have shown their support in today’s program. But the thing that seemed most amazing is that not only is this the 19th anniversary of this event, BUT also that many of you have been coming out to support SMM for all of those 19 years.

The goal of my remarks is to provide a brief review of the state of the Ministries – to tell you what we have accomplished, what we have been up to, and what we are thinking about.  So, what has happened at Saint Martin’s since I took over the leadership?  I told you last year there would be a ” Life after SMH program.”  There is.  I said we needed stronger case management to help Saint Martin’s House residents focus on their goals. We have a well-qualified and supportive case manager, with experience working with clients whose lives include the trauma that we see at Saint Martin’s House. I said that I feared that the monthly food pantry numbers would reach 325 per month.  They did; and we somehow managed to have enough food.  I said we planned to include more outreach education for food pantry clients.   There’s a great picture of one of those efforts on our big red banner – healthy foods tastings from the Good and Cheap cookbook.  I said in 2011 that we needed new volunteers with different skills and interests. Sitting  with me today is a wonderful woman, Charlotte Hawes. who volunteered for a year and gave myself and the staff and especially SMH children  energy and support in dealing with the day to day,  One of the things the Board and the staff know is that more people need to know about SMM. We are working hard on that as evidenced by our most recent video, the yellow brochure, geared toward new or returning donors, our FB page, and the variety of events thru out the year located around the mid shore.

What are we up to right now?

There are 8 women and 7 children at SMH right now – the children range in age from 6 weeks to 16 years. Four of the women are older, in an experiment we unfortunately call ‘the mature woman’s program’  — women who in midlife find themselves without a home, perhaps for some of the very reasons that Donna Jackson Nakazawa will talk about a bit later in our program. Three of those women came to SMH from the local winter shelter, a move that provides them with more support and increases their ability to find the resources they need to start to heal.

Last month we added a new event, following a national prototype called Empty Bowls. This is an event meant to raise awareness of hunger and to raise money to support those who work to end it. Program Director Kim Hopkins and all of the staff did a great job.  SMM’s Empty Bowls was special.  We used soup recipes from the Good and Cheap cookbook, bowls from the Thrift store and guests ate in the food pantry. We didn’t raise a great deal of money – it was our first year. But those of you who live here on the mid shore probably know that Talbot county raised more than $20,000 for their event in its 8th year. My spies, staff and volunteer who attended the Talbot event, believe SMM can do just as well, with your help.

SMM is a small group of very dedicated staff and volunteers helping between 350 and 500 people each month.  We offer help with the most basic of needs – food, clothing and having a roof over your head.             We are always thinking about how to meet that challenge. We do this work because we believe in the mission of helping people who live in poverty, because we know that poverty has multiple effects on a family’s ability to care for themselves.

We need your help to continue doing this work. Sixty percent of our operating revenue comes from fundraising events and individual donations, your financial support is critical.  As our new appeal this year says, write a page in Saint Martin’s book,  helps us  to help a family write their own happily ever after.





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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 [at] stmartinsministries [dot] 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 and support us every time you shop.

Remember, only purchases made at will result in donations.

centerSimply go to 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 click here and complete the Easy Online Form. 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 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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