Tell Us Your Story!

We want to hear from you!

Every woman & child we have served over the past 40 years has a story.

Our staff have heard countless stories of survival, recovery, love, gratitude, success,
and second chances. We would love to hear your stories. Your story is deeply connected to our story!

Residents, former residents, donors, and volunteers, we know it takes many hands to serve so many in the ways that we do. How did you choose to get involved with us? Please take a few moments and tell us your favorite Marian House story.
Was it your first Christmas staying with us or adopting a family? Was it one of our 5K races or a tour? Here is your chance to tell us how we impacted you, your mother, your sister, your daughter, or friend as we worked to help over 3,700 women and children, and countless community members as we show up every day doing the work to create safe, sober, loving environments. We can’t wait to hear from you! Please email your story to advancement@marianhouse.org

Hope

Psalms Rojas, chief administrative officer at Marian House

Hope is often defined as having an expectation that something good can happen in the future. I’d be lying if I said that having hope is easy, because it’s not, at least not always.

Yet, I’m learning that to hope is not to pretend that the frustrations, challenges and disappointments don’t exist, but it is to acknowledge them and have hope despite, and in the midst, of them — that we can say: Yes, we grieve the lives lost to violence AND hold hope for a violence-free city through public health programs like Safe Streets Baltimore and Baltimore CeaseFire. We are frustrated by the numbers of unhoused citizens of Baltimore AND hold hope because of programs like HelpingUpMission, Project PLASE, Marian House, and many others who provide shelter for those without. We are disappointed that we are seemingly back to where we started with COVID cases surging in our city and beyond AND hold hope that one day this will be behind us and there will be relief especially for health care workers and others in the front lines. Our #city and its people are resilient. But maybe it’s too overwhelming to try to imagine a brighter future when everything around us seems hopeless — so just focus on today. Find a source of hope — be it a friend, a family member, in faith or in a faith community, or your favorite meal — find your “well” and draw from it. Wherever you find yourself today, there is hope for you.

Marian House is a transitional and permanent supportive housing program for homeless women and their children in Baltimore.

Full story here:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/columnists/bs-ed-mdz-0119-baltimore-prayer-online-20220119-2icgfde3e5amlj5najhuo2myaq-story.html

13th Annual Race to Embrace Independence – Thank You!

Our largest and favorite fundraiser became a virtual race once again, but launching the week-long event on September 18th with an in-person block party at Marian House, made it unique and special.  

Celebrity emcee Denise Koch, Coach Jacki and our favorite mascots, The Oriole Bird, Trotter the Turkey, Iggy the Greyhound & BAYley the Crab, were on hand to help add fun to our festivities, and new friends from Port Discovery and the addition of lawn games and facilities tours helped it to be a special twist on our typical Race Village.

The feedback from the block party was clear, everyone was excited that we found a way to be together to celebrate the ladies of Marian House, even if it was a break from tradition. Increased participation from our neighbors in the Better Waverly community and the women of Marian House, were two silver linings to hosting it right on our campus.

Thank you to the 5K Planning Committee for their continued resiliency in planning an event that was ever evolving and to the many volunteers who lent a hand to make the kick off event a success! Our in-kind event supporters were pivotal in making the 5K raffle and block party all possible.

A total of 359 people signed up to race and 40 of those participants shared their app-verified times to be eligible for overall race and age category awards.

The prize for our largest team went to the Sentementes Striders, and top individual and team fundraisers were long standing champion Demetria Boyd & active 5K volunteers from Team PwC. Please see marianhouse.org/5K for a full list of this year’s race times & winners.

We chose to support local businesses by making this year’s fundraising rewards gift cards for area businesses.   The 5K Committee believes it is a great way to say thank you to many of our local partners who have supported the 5K and the larger Marian House mission. It was an easy way to have the positive ripples from the race extend out further into the surrounding community.

The 2021 5K raffle brought some fun Baltimore experiences to the table as prizes, helping folks to explore local treasures as it becomes more safe to socialize after many months of being cooped up at home.

We are grateful to have exceeded last year’s sponsorship contributions, reaching $82,500 in pledges from the 40 local companies illustrated below. Thank you for the continued support of the many who support us each year and to those who sponsored for the first time despite the current economic climate.

Total peer to peer fundraising this year reached $41,500 helping us to reach a projected net of $120,000 for the 2021 race!

Our sincerest thanks to each of you, for racing, for donating and for showing up for Marian House for thirteen years of our largest annual fundraising event!

 

Thank you again to all our sponsors!

 

 

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Celebrating 10 Years at Marian House!

Celebrating 10 Years at Marian House!

Phyllis Ham-Middleton joined in 2011 as a caseworker in the Marian House II program. She later transitioned to the Marian House I program as a therapist in 2012. Then in 2018, she  became the Chief Program Officer for the Transitional Family Program and Permanent Housing Program and is a member of the leadership team at Marian House.

Lara McNeil, our Employment Coordinator, does an outstanding job of supporting the residents, getting them ready for the workplace, helping them with trainings and job searches, and reaching out to potential employers on behalf of the women.

One of the beloved House Managers, Liz Smith, also celebrates her 10th anniversary at Marian House. Liz is an alumna and was part of the program from October 8, 2007, until October 2, 2008, and is forever grateful for how the program changed her life for the better.  She loves the women and wants to help them as much as she was helped during her time in the program.

Congratulations to Phyllis, Lara, and Liz. Thank you for your years of service at Marian House.

 

 

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Resident Crab Feast     

Resident Crab Feast     

The holidays are a great time to gather and this past Labor Day weekend, the residents of Marian House I, led by Geri F. and Tobina S., organized a crab feast with all the fixings. The residents pooled together their money, and along with a wonderful donation from former board chair, Tere Geckle, ordered

6 ½ bushels of crabs.  In addition, they had hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips and more. Tere also ordered special desserts from Classic Catering and had them delivered to top off the feast.

To make the day even better, the weather was perfect! We hope you also had a wonderful Labor Day Holiday. Our sincerest thanks to Tere Geckle for helping make the celebration a success!

 

 

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New Fund to Be Established

New Fund to Be Established

The Marian House Board of Directors recently approved a board designated fund, the Marian House Rental Assistance Fund.  This fund will allow the Marian House graduates who are working low wage jobs to live in Marian House-owned properties at affordable rental rates. Rent will not exceed 30% of the tenant’s income, an amount that will be far below market rate.  The fund will be used to supplement the client’s payment, when needed, and ensure that the properties have a positive cash flow.

A portion of the proceeds raised at the 40th Anniversary Event will be used to support this fund.

 

 

 

 

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3rd Annual Ravens Season Ticket Raffle

 

 

And the Winner Is . . .

Victor Delclos is the winner of our 3rd Annual Ravens Season Ticket Raffle.  Victor said he saw a Facebook posting that was shared by board member Sister Missy Gugerty, SSND, and he thought “Why not give it a try?”  When he was called on July 30, 2021, and notified that he was the winner, he was surprised and thrilled. He had the option of taking the three Ravens season tickets or the $1,500 in cash and he chose the tickets without hesitation.

Thanks to Victor and to all who purchased tickets, for their support of our mission.    We will offer the raffle again in the spring of 2022.

 

 

 

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Benevolent Baskets

Marian House is in an exciting time of growth. In July, we embarked on another exciting opportunity to expand our services by acquiring a social enterprise model from a non-profit that was closing its doors. Benevolent Baskets was a nonprofit organization that provided a workforce development program where participants, called Basket Builders, gain job experience and business skills as they design, market, and sell gift baskets.

Since workforce development has been a focus of Marian House from our founding, we believe that continuing our journey by taking on this new social enterprise model is a great fit! Four Basket Builders transitioned to receive services through Marian House, and we also acquired the basket-building inventory and equipment. Future Basket Builders will be women who complete the Marian House Job Readiness program, giving them a steppingstone before entering the workforce. The program also provides a new opportunity for volunteer engagement and has long term potential to build sustainable revenue as a social enterprise!

We have been busy making the program our own by crafting and adding a new curriculum, refreshing the logo, updating product offerings, and more. Baskets will include signature offerings like hand-etched glassware, the opportunity for custom orders and seasonal changes at price points that help us engage a diverse range of supporters. We are excited to work with local business partners to feature their products in our baskets and to provide baskets to businesses and individuals in the local community.

To learn more about the program, ways to engage or to check out our newest products, please visit marianhouse.org/benevolentbaskets.

 

 

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Ask And You Shall Receive      

The courtyard at Marian House headquarters is a special place for the staff and residents and the local community. The courtyard offers a tranquil water fountain, trees, flowers, benches, and a community book bank where people can donate or borrow books.  In addition, the courtyard also features the four 6 ½ foot tall caryatids that are named after the four values Marian House aims to instill in all the women served:  Patience, Honesty, Integrity, and Trust. Residents love to gather on the 2nd and 3rd floor balconies overlooking the courtyard, to enjoy the fresh air and tranquility near their rooms.

Marian House Chief Administrative Officer, Psalms Rojas, and resident Njeri M., got together and submitted a proposal to the Nature Sacred Foundation to request funds to purchase two picnic tables for the courtyard, and new patio furniture for the 2nd and 3rd floor balconies.  The grant request was awarded, and the picnic tables and patio furniture have enhanced the courtyard and balconies for the residents to enjoy.  On a nice day, you can see residents having lunch outside or just visiting with other residents or visitors.

Thank you to Nature Sacred for helping to facilitate mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation.

 

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Ace Hardware – Round Up for Marian House

The three Baltimore City Ace Hardware stores are pitching in to help raise funds for this year’s 5K!

 

 

Thursday, August 19th through Monday, August 23rd

Shoppers at the >>>>>>

> Canton:
1022 Binney St, Baltimore, MD 21224

> Federal Hill:
1214 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

> Waverly:
601 Homestead St, Baltimore, MD 21218

 

locations will have the opportunity to round up their purchase at checkout Thursday, August 19th through Monday, August 23rd to benefit Marian House.

Thank you to the Charm City Ace Team!