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Welcome from the Executive Director
Dear Friends of Marian House:
Since its founding 30 years ago, Marian House has become known as the leading organization offering high quality rehabilitative services and housing to homeless women and their children. With your support we are able to provide comprehensive services to many women who have suffered from trauma, physical and sexual abuse, the disease of addiction, and other challenges that left them homeless, unemployed and often separated from their children and families.
We thank you for your generosity and investment in our work. Your support allowed us to serve 141 women and 56 children during this past fiscal year.
The past year has been one of the most exciting in our 30 years of serving women and children. Not only did we celebrate three decades of service to over 1,000 women, in June 2012 we also released “30 Women, 30 Stories: Journeys of Recovery and Transformation” , a book which captures the lives of thirty Marian House alumnae who have overcome addiction, trauma, incarceration, homelessness, mental illness and poverty to build independent, productive lives. It is the centerpiece of a public education and advocacy project aimed at informing the public about the issues we see our women face every day. We are VERY grateful to the many visionaries who assisted us in making “30 Women, 30 Stories” a reality, especially our generous funders: Open Society Institute - Baltimore, the TKF Foundation, and the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation, who believed in our vision and the need to tell the stories of these inspiring women.
I invite you to click on our “Stories” page while visiting our site. There you will find audio clips of the women telling their stories and further information on the book, including a link to our traveling exhibition schedule. Launched in November 2012, these exhibitions include testimonies from the women in the book about their remarkable transitions from dependence to independence, photographs of all 30 women by photographer Marshall Clarke, as well as feature community dialogues addressing the five issues highlighted in the book.
I am also pleased to report that we are currently undergoing a period of tremendous growth thanks to the City of Baltimore! In the spring of 2012, we were awarded additional Shelter Plus Care funding which will more than double our permanent housing capacity by the end of 2013. This new grant will allow us to provide a permanent housing subsidy and supportive services for homeless women with children who have suffered trauma and have a history of incarceration. We anticipate that this grant will enable us to serve at minimum 30 additional families in safe, secure housing in scattered sites around Baltimore.
We are thrilled to welcome these new women and children into our family and we thank all of our supporters for believing in Marian House, our strategic vision, and our women who are working so hard to move from dependence to independence!
Katie Allston, LCSW-C