Benedictine Year In Review


Benedictine and the children and adults supported by our organization had a productive and exciting year! Here are just a few of our achievements.

  • Benedictine was awarded the Caroline County Best in Business Nonprofit Award by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce and was presented with 2022 Rural Impact Award for Outstanding Rural Community Development by the Rural Maryland Council (RMC).
  • Our Meaningful Day program supported 25 people in community employment. Job Developers at our Easton Office Community Services and Training Center placed 24 individuals referred by The Division of Rehabilitation Services into employment, 9 of whom also went through our training classes.
  • Benedictine proudly celebrated 6 graduates.
  • Students honored the heroes of 9/11 by sending packages of letters and drawings to fire and police departments in New York City and Washington, D.C.
  • Adult clients toured the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway sites including the museum and Bucktown Village store and were thrilled to walk in her footsteps.
  • Sports activities resumed and students and adult clients competed in both basketball and soccer tournaments, as well as a swim meet.
  • For the first time since Covid, Chesapeake College’s EMS students were back on campus. During their program, they learned how to treat individuals with developmental disabilities during a crisis.  
  • Our people are our programs and thanks to increased state rates and private donations we were proud to give our incredible staff a $2 an hour increase and hold employee health insurance costs at the previous year rate.
  • Dedicated staff transitioned Benedictine’s Adult Services to a new state billing system called LTSS. They continue to use Therap to track services and progress notes.
  • 44 employee’s celebrated milestone anniversaries ranging from 5 years to 30 years of employment with Benedictine.  Collectively the 44 employees have given 475 years in support of Benedictine’s mission.
  • Blanche Ell, Adult Services House Counselor and 23 year veteran was awarded a Sister Jeannette Award. The recipient exemplifies Benedictine’s mission and values of hospitality, dignity of work, and compassionate caring.
  • The Cornerstone Award, which reflects steadfast commitment and remarkable generosity to Benedictine, was given to Bette Kenzie, a longtime supporter of Benedictine.
  • A generous board member made sure every Benedictine staff member had a turkey for Thanksgiving – they were handed out at the annual staff Turkey Give-Away.
  • Benedictine was the recipient of a Maryland Capital Grant from Governor Hogan’s FY’23 Budget, a Phillips Charitable Foundation Grant and a Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Grant.
  • The Benedictine Foundation was excited to bring events back in 2022 – including the Spring Gala, Chrome City Ride, the annual DC area golf tournament and Birdies For Benedictine Golf Tournament. Together these events raised nearly $400,000!
  • Generous donors Denise Kaczmarczyk and John Johnson, matched $75,000 in gifts on Giving Tuesday.  Proceeds for the day were upwards of $150,000!

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