[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="779225"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="516903"][kc_column_text] Update: March 2, 2022 Dear families, The first couple of months of 2022 have been a little challenging on the COVID front at Benedictine and in our community. The good news is that COVID case numbers have dropped significantly on the Eastern Shore and are near zero at Benedictine. Last week The Maryland State Board of Education recommended lifting their mask mandate. This recommendation went before a legislative committee for final approval and last Friday the committee approved the State Board recommendation. The CDC also made the decision to not require universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 schools in areas of low or medium COVID-19 Community levels. At this time Caroline and Talbot Counties are considered “Low” on the CDC scale. Because of these metrics Benedictine has lifted its required mask mandate. This is a great step forward but we still need to be vigilant. We continue to ask employees to stay home and notify their supervisor if they experience any symptoms related to COVID. Benedictine continues to have testing capabilities on site for our employees, students and adults in our programs. While it is not our intention to reinstate an
Golfers and Supporters Enjoyed a Day of Golf and Philanthropy at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville (Ridgely, MD – June 24, 2022) – A group of supportive golfers gathered at the Country Club at Woodmore in Mitchellville to participate in the Annual DC/Baltimore Area Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Benedictine. Graciously hosted by Benedictine parents, trustees, and lead sponsors Thad Fletcher and his wife Donna Rochelle, over $52,000 was raised to support programs and services that support the developmentally disabled and autistic children and adults that Benedictine serves. “It was a great day to gather at Woodmore to share in camaraderie and raise important funds to support Benedictine,” commented Thad Fletcher, Benedictine Trustee Board Member. “Our daughter Gabby has had a wonderful experience at Benedictine and it so important to ensure that Benedictine can continue to do the important work in serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their quality of care is exceptional.” The tournament introduces players to Benedictine’s mission and the generosity and commitment of the Fletcher family. Participants from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Oklahoma joined the Fletchers for this fun day of golf and philanthropy. “We are so grateful to Thad and
Newsletter Downloadable PDF The Benedictine Foundation is pleased to share our Spring Inspired Giving Newsletter. This issue includes a Donor Honor Roll to thank our supporters, photos from our Spring Gala Bond Ball, school and adult program stories, as well as a financial summary. As we close out our 2022 fiscal year, we want to thank you for all you do for Benedictine. We are grateful for your generosity! If you haven’t had a chance to make a contribution to Benedictine yet, please consider a gift to support those we serve by before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events including Chrome City Ride on July 31st and Birdies For Benedictine Golf Tournament on October 24th.
Award is presented by Caroline County Chamber of Commerce Benedictine Executive Director Scott Evans and staff gather to express their gratitude on behalf of Benedictine as the recipient of the Caroline County Best in Business Nonprofit Award. (Ridgely, MD – May 2, 2022) – Benedictine was awarded the Caroline County Best in Business Nonprofit Award for 2021. This award is presented by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. The Nonprofit award criteria is based on the organization’s tremendous impact on Caroline County and demonstration of sound business management. Nominations are received by business associates, community members, staff, and, in Benedictine’s case, by the families it serves. “Benedictine has been part of Caroline County for over 60 years and we are thrilled and honored to receive this award from the Chamber,” shared Scott Evans, Benedictine Executive Director. “While Benedictine may look unassuming when you drive by our lane – small miracles happen every day in our classrooms, in our group homes, in our residential facilities and in our community,” Evan further commented. Benedictine shared in this honor with several other Caroline County award recipients. You can view Benedictine’s video here where Scott Evans shares in his gratitude for being
Staff was celebrated for their years of service during holiday luncheon Benedictine celebrated milestones in service for 52 of its dedicated staff members in early December. The awards were presented to employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 years of service with a special recognition for the 46 years Sister Mary Agnes has served Benedictine. Each staff member was presented with special thank you gifts during a recognition luncheon. Staff celebrating 5,10 and 15 years of service were each given a certificate; 20 years received a framed, personal write-up award; 25, 30 and 40 received a framed certificate noting years of service with number of months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds plus a canvas picture of the iconic Benedictine mile lane with its original stone wall entrance. In addition, all staff received a monetary gift based on their years of service. Sister Mary Agnes’s special 46-year recognition celebrates her extraordinary service as a role model, teacher, caregiver and vocational coordinator; she exemplifies the true spirit of Benedictine. She is loved and respected by all her colleagues and all those she has served at Benedictine. “The Milestone Awards Ceremony is a favorite event of mine at Benedictine,” stated
CDBG will be first step in the Transforming a Campus to Transform Lives Master Plan (Ridgely, MD – December 17, 2021) – Benedictine has been awarded a $562,335 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through a partnership with Caroline County to begin work on a new ring road and sidewalks to provide access during the subsequent phases of “Transforming a Campus to Transform Lives” construction master plan. The “Transforming a Campus to Transform Lives” plan is a careful orchestration of building renovation and new construction to improve and update the facilities that are nearing the end of their useful life so Benedictine can better meet the needs of a current autistic student population with significant sensory sensitivities. “The Caroline County Commissioners were eager to support the Benedictine School project that will enhance its campus as well as the learning experience for students and staff,” stated Larry Porter, Caroline County Commissioners President. “This future campus will be an asset to the members of our community for many years to come.” In 2018 the architectural firm of Cox, Graae, & Spack was hired to craft a plan for the campus transformation. The plan encompasses 3 phases with Phase 1a to include the completion
David Plapinger was almost 17 years old when he enrolled as a residential student at the Benedictine School in February of 2019. Before coming to Benedictine, David lived at home with his parents, Jane Plapinger and Naif Ahmed, and attended a nonpublic school in Baltimore. As David approached his mid teens, he began to experience more difficulty regulating his behavior at home. David has autism, and he and his family were able to take advantage of the Maryland Autism Waiver Program, which provided at-home support, both during the week and on weekends. But David continued to exhibit more and more frequent disruptive behaviors, and those behaviors had started to take a toll on the entire family. Even with extra supports, David’s parents knew that remaining in the home environment was no longer in David’s best interest. Jane remarked about this difficult time, “We just weren’t functioning as a family.” Enrolling in Benedictine's Residential School Program David’s parents had been initially hesitant to place him in a residential school setting. Because David is adopted and spent the first year of his life in an orphanage, the last thing Jane and Naif wanted to do was separate David from his family and
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We were scheduled to gather this weekend to celebrate Benedictine’s 60th anniversary. In light of the current crisis our plans have obviously changed. Now, more than ever, we need positive stories of hope and miracles. Sister Jeannette used to say miracles happen every day at Benedictine. I hope this video gives all of us a little lift and reminds us of the great work that happens at Benedictine.
Benedictine’s Spring Benefit 2020 – A Night to Celebrate, scheduled for April 24, and then canceled in response to COVID-19, nets more than $171,000 in support of their mission to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential. “Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and ticket holders our net revenue is almost 30 percent higher than we had hoped for. These much needed funds will go directly to supporting our employees, students and adults in our programs at this critical time for our community,” said Benedictine Executive Director, Scott Evans. Funds help off-set the increase in program support and operational costs associated with implementing CDC recommendations, including staffing requirements, due to COVID-19. This year’s annual fundraising event to celebrate Benedictine’s 60th anniversary was set to premier a promotional film about the organization's history and mission. The video was created by Easton-based business Rockfish Media Group and will now premiere online in conjunction with the launch of a new website this summer. Despite having to cancel the in-person celebration in response to public health guidelines, the organization received overwhelming support through a virtual ‘raise-the-paddle’ online auction
Meet Ms. Nancy: Social Worker Month each March is a time to celebrate Benedictine’s dedicated Case Management team and the valuable profession of social work. Our team of social work professionals hold a key role in connecting students, families, and staff in all areas of programming. Meet Nancy Morris, a social worker who has been with Benedictine for 25 years. Shortly after earning her degree at Salisbury University, Nancy began her career and passion for making a difference in the lives of students and their families here at Benedictine. As a resource for parents, students, and staff navigating challenging situations she takes incredible pride in her work. “Being able to support families on their journey is a tremendous feeling,” said Nancy. “To see a student smile when they see me, and want to talk or show me gains they have made, that makes me proud to do what I do.” [caption id="attachment_5312" align="alignleft" width="400"] Social Workers can use "feelings cards" with students as an emotional development tool.[/caption] Nancy got her start at Benedictine as a Resource Room assistant and later a supervisor before returning to school at Delaware State University where she earned her Master's degree in the field of