Governor O’Malley’s 2013 State of the State started out by recognizing and sharing the stories of people he called remarkable Marylanders. The second person in the Gallery that he recognized is one of our very special Saint Martin’s House residents, Janice Spanish.
Here is what the Governor said:
Two years ago, this next Marylander and her children were homeless. Today, she’s turned a temporary work placement into a good, full-time job. Please welcome Janice Spanish from Caroline County and the dedicated state employee from our Department of Human Resources who helped her secure this opportunity, Melissa Jones-Harris.
(You can read the whole speech or watch the video here.)
Here are some additional details that the Governor’s speech didn’t have time for:
In addition to the support she received from Melissa at DSS, Janice has been supported for the past two years by the dedicated and caring staff at Saint Martin’s House.
Her full time job became possible because at Saint Martin’s House we emphasize the importance of vocational education. We directed Janice to the Work Force Investment Board where she was able to receive financial support to earn her Certified Nursing Assistant Training.
Janice used one of Saint Martin’s House vehicles to commute back and forth to her classes in Cambridge for her CNA training. In case management we worked with Janice to think about how she would set up space in her room so that there was a place for her and her daughter to do their homework. Janice’s CNA classes started just as her older daughter began school.
Saint Martin’s House staff is working with Janice to build her savings and plan for her move into a home of her own at the end of this school year.
Melissa Jones-Harris helped Janice obtain a car using the http://www.vehiclesforchange.org/ program.
Janice is ready! She has a good job, a dependable vehicle and two years of coaching and counseling and support from Saint Martin’s House staff.
Supporters of Saint Martin’s Ministries who attended the 2011 Arts Dinner heard Janice tell her story in her own words. She tells it again in our video from the 2012 Art’s dinner. Check out the video, here on the web site.
Celebrate with us in the Governor’s recognition of Janice’s success and in the successes, small or large, of all of the families who call Saint Martin’s House, home.