Dominion Volunteer of the Year Selects St. Mary’s Home to Receive Donation

Elsie Harris & Paige Beavers with Payten
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORFOLK, Va. (June 6, 2014) — Elsie Harris may design electrical systems for Dominion Virginia Power, but volunteering is her way of life. She was named a Dominion Volunteer of the Year for the second time this year, and both times she selected St. Mary’s Home as her charity of choice to receive $1,000 from the energy company.

“I got so attached,” Harris, of Virginia Beach, said during a recent visit to St. Mary’s. “I do a lot of volunteering at different places, but this is really where my heart is.”

Harris passed down her passion for helping others to her granddaughter, Paige Beavers. Also an avid volunteer, Beavers works at St. Mary’s as a licensed practical nurse, taking care of children and young adults with severe disabilities.

“She was so happy when I started working here,” Beavers said of her grandmother. And Beavers was happy, too.“I love the kids. They’re so joyful. You can never have a bad day here, no matter how you come in feeling.”

Harris, a customer projects designer at Dominion, also was named a Volunteer of the Year in 2001. Dominion recognized her for her community service, such as donating and collecting school supplies and clothing, visiting nursing home residents and planning a major landscaping project at a local school. Harris also is a youth mentor who has opened her doors to many homeless or abused young people.

Paige Beavers & Elsie Harris with NateDuring a recent visit to St. Mary’s, Harris and Beavers spent some time with two-year-old Payten, who was all smiles when they walked in to the Infant and Toddler Program classroom. Harris also read a book to 16-year-old Nate, one of the young adults under Beavers’ care.

That afternoon, Martha Price Stewart, St. Mary’s director of development, surprised Harris with a vase full of flowers to thank Harris and Dominion for their support. “I knew there was love here,” Harris said.

Martha Stewart surprises Elsie Harris with flowers

About St. Mary’s Home
St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk, Va., provides quality, specialized care within a homelike environment for Virginia children and adults with severe disabilities, so each person can achieve his or her fullest potential. Children and young adults who have severe intellectual and physical disabilities live, play, go to school and receive comprehensive long- and short-term care at the private, nonprofit St. Mary’s Home.

The Albero House at St. Mary’s opened in 2013 to provide care for adults over 21. With St. Mary’s expanding to embrace adult care, the organization’s name has been shortened from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children to St. Mary’s Home.

About Dominion
Dominion, based in Richmond, Va., is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic wellbeing of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion and the Foundation support nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality.

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PRA Chairman, CEO Joins Foundation Board of St. Mary’s Home

Steve FredricksonFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORFOLK, Va. (March 11, 2014)Steve Fredrickson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRAA), is the newest member of St. Mary’s Foundation Board of Directors.

Fredrickson is co-founder of PRA, a financial and business services company based in Norfolk, Va., with locations in 10 U.S. states and the United Kingdom. For the past two years, PRA has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Fastest-Growing Companies” and one of the Top 25 of Forbes’ Best Small Companies in America.

“Both Mr. Fredrickson and Portfolio Recovery Associates have been longtime supporters of St. Mary’s Home, and we are very pleased to now have Mr. Fredrickson as part of our Foundation Board,” said William C. Giermak, St. Mary’s CEO.

Fredrickson also is chair of the 2014 campaign for the United Way of South Hampton Roads, where he serves as a board director.

“It’s an honor to be joining the extraordinary group currently serving on the board at St. Mary’s,” said Fredrickson. “I strongly believe in the mission of this foundation and look forward to working with the board to help meet the needs of these exceptional children.”

On St. Mary’s Foundation Board, Fredrickson joins Michael P. Cotter, trustee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Christopher B. D’Surney, director of human resources, Virginia International Terminals, LLC; Thomas W. Godfrey Jr., president, Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc.; H. Gregory Kilduff, retired; M. Powell Peters, Esq., attorney, Wolcott Rivers Gates; and Donald F. Price, senior loan officer, Bank of Hampton Roads. Godfrey also is president of St. Mary’s Board of Directors.

About St. Mary’s Home

St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk, Va., provides comprehensive long-term and emergency short-stay care within a homelike environment for Virginia children and young adults who have severe intellectual and physical disabilities. The Albero House at St. Mary’s opened in 2013 to provide care for adults older than 21. With Mary’s expanding to embrace adult care, the name of the private, nonprofit organization has been shortened from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children to St. Mary’s Home. For more information, please visit saintmaryshome.org.

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St. Mary’s Home Receives $15,000 Grant from Amerigroup Foundation

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NORFOLK, Va. (March 5, 2013) — The Amerigroup Foundation donated $15,000 to St. Mary’s Home to sponsor publication of the Home’s annual report. The gift continues Amerigroup’s long tradition of supporting St. Mary’s, which cares for children and young adults with severe disabilities.

In 2011, Amerigroup donated $50,000 to help St. Mary’s build The Albero House, a wing for adults that is expected to open in 2013. Amerigroup also previously has supported St. Mary’s 5K race fundraiser, while Amerigroup employees have volunteered nearly 300 hours in the past two years to help St. Mary’s with various projects.

“We are pleased to continue to have the support of Amerigroup,’’ said William C. Giermak, St. Mary’s CEO. “We appreciate Amerigroup’s generosity as well as their employees’ personal interest in St. Mary’s Home.”

The annual report sponsored by Amerigroup can be viewed at St. Mary’s website. Printed copies may be requested by calling (757) 622-2208 ext. 331. Two previous reports also sponsored by Amerigroup also are available on the website.

About St. Mary’s Home
St. Mary’s Home provides quality, specialized care within a homelike environment for Virginia children and adults with severe disabilities, so each person can achieve his or her fullest potential. Children and young adults who have severe intellectual and physical disabilities live, play, go to school and receive comprehensive long-term and respite care at the private, nonprofit St. Mary’s Home. The Albero House at St. Mary’s will open in 2013 to provide care for adults over 21.

About the Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., and the largest company focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.

 

SMH-Guardianship Lecture Alert

CONTACT:  Sonja Barisic
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MEDIA ALERT

March 15, 2012

LAWYER TO GIVE FREE LECTURE ON GUARDIANSHIP AT ST. MARY’S HOME FOR DISABLED CHILDREN

WHAT       Susan G. Moritz, Esq., will discuss “Guardianship — The Gift of Love in a Legal Document” to kick off the 2012 season of the free public lecture series “Fifth Fridays at St. Mary’s Home.” Learn about the steps to and costs of guardianship, and what happens when a person over 18 with intellectual disabilities doesn’t have a guardian.

WHEN       Friday, March 30, 1-2 p.m.

WHERE        St. Mary’s Home, 6171 Kempsville Circle, Norfolk, VA 2502

WHO           Susan G. Moritz, Esq., is a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander. Much of her solo law practice in Virginia Beach involves family law and estate planning, which encompasses a range of activities including petitions for guardianship.

WHY             Many families, staff and community supporters have requested information about this important topic.

CONTACT  To RSVP for the lecture, call (757) 622-2208. For more information about St. Mary’s Home, contact Sonja Barisic, marketing communications manager, at (757) 352-2700 or sbarisic@smhdc.org.

 

Lincoln Park Students Donate to Auxiliary

St. Mary’s Auxiliary Receives Donation from Students at Linkhorn Park 

Norfolk, Va. – Feb. 1, 2008 – St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children today announced that the Auxiliary Board to the Home was recently honored with a $650 donation from Linkhorn Park Elementary School in Virginia Beach. Teachers Rita Rendon and Bunky Manley helped with the Student Council Association fund-raiser. “As soon as I told the kids about St. Mary’s they were really excited about raising money for them,” said Rendon. She learned about St. Mary’s through a St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board member and friend of her mother’s. “As soon as I heard about St. Mary’s it brought back all my wonderful memories working as a counselor at a camp for children and adults with disabilities. I knew this was the thing to do.”

The week-long drive pitted the boys against the girls in a “Penny War.” This means that only pennies are “legal” tender. If other coins or dollars are used then that amount acts as a negative to the total and must be made up by the team. “The kids had a great time raising the money,” said Rendon. In total the school raised $650 and presented Auxiliary President Kim Thumel with a check. This has meant so much to the kids that they want to make this an annual event, said Rendon. Thumel thanked the students for all of their hard work and said she hoped they would continue to make volunteerism an important part of their lives. The money raised will fund a wheelchair accessible sensory table so children at the Home can experience the feel of sand, water and other objects.

St. Mary’s Home serves and cares for 88 children from across the Commonwealth of Virginia with severe and profound disabilities. “Funds raised by the Auxiliary support programs and provide equipment that directly and positively affect the care of the children. Some of the projects they have funded include six Hill-Rom stretchers, rocking chairs, six vests that aid in respiratory therapy and breathing, a SoftPlay Tunnel Climber and a pool cover,” said CEO William C. Giermak.

Established in 1944, St. Mary’s Home is the only pediatric long-term care residential facility of its kind in Virginia for children with severe to profound disabilities. St. Mary’s offers a comprehensive range of residential, medical, therapeutic, educational and recreational services for children from birth to age 21. The staff combines medical care with a gentle touch to create a therapeutic environment for the children with warmth, nurturing and personal attention. St. Mary’s staff is always eager to provide information about its exceptional care, programs and therapies to individuals, businesses, civic organizations and clubs. For more details about St. Mary’s, its volunteer program, community and corporate partnerships, donations, or for information on scheduling a tour, please call Diane Zinn at 757-622-2208.


Auxiliary Board Announces New President

St. Mary’s Auxiliary Announces Karen Hibbard as New President

 

Norfolk, Va. – April 3, 2008 – St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children’s Auxiliary today announced the appointment of Karen L. Hibbard as the new president of the Auxiliary for St. Mary’s Home and is transitioning from the position of treasurer. Hibbard joined the Auxiliary in September of 2000 and served as treasurer from 2001 to 2008. Previously, she worked for Wachovia Bank for 11 years; serving as a bank manager for nine years and two years as a licensed financial specialist. In 2004, she left Wachovia to become a full-time mother to Gretchen, 8, and Nicholas, 3.

As president of the Auxiliary, Hibbard hopes to build on current successes. “The purpose of the Auxiliary Board has always been to serve the needs of the children of St. Mary’s Home. Over the past several years, our annual fund-raising events have allowed us to support the Home in truly significant ways. As president, my goal is to continue to improve the lives of these very special children by increasing our fund-raising efforts and providing critical support to St. Mary’s,” said Hibbard.

“Not only does the Auxiliary offer significant support to the Home, but they serve another vital area by connecting with the broader community to tell the story of St. Mary’s Home,” said William C. Giermak, CEO.

Additional newly elected board members include: Andi Lawson, recording secretary; Gini Deets, corresponding secretary; Rachel Jiral, historian; Marie Siebeking, treasurer and Jean Hillegass as parliamentarian. Camille Vaughan will hold another term as vice president.

The Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s is a group of dedicated women that strives to fill specific needs that the Home cannot otherwise meet. Formed in 1950 with 100 charter members, the Auxiliary continues to provide invaluable support exclusively for the Home. In addition to a $100,000 pledge of support for the new facility, the Auxiliary has provide funding for projects that add to the children’s quality of life and continued progress. Recent projects include a sun canopy for the pool, 30 rocking chairs, three evaluative walkers, a specially adapted tricycle, and funding in part for a 6-whellchair accessible shuttle bus.

Established in 1944, St. Mary’s Home is the only pediatric long-term care residential facility of its kind in Virginia for children with severe disabilities. St. Mary’s offers a comprehensive range of residential, medical, therapeutic, educational and recreational services for children from birth to age 21. The staff combines medical care with a gentle touch to create a therapeutic environment for the children with warmth, nurturing and personal attention.

St. Mary’s staff is always eager to provide information about its exceptional care, programs and therapies to civic organizations and clubs. For more details about St. Mary’s, its volunteer program, community partnerships, donations, or for information on scheduling a tour, please call 757-622-2208.


Auxiliary Auction Nets $80,000

Auxiliary for St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children Nets
$80,000 During February Auction

Norfolk, Va. – April 4, 2008 – St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children today announced that the St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board netted $80,000 in proceeds during its third annual Gala and Auction held Friday, February 22 at the Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach, Va.
Under the guidance of immediate past President Kim Thumel and current President, Karen Hibbard, the Auxiliary worked to create both a silent and live auction that would offer something for everyone. Bidding for Camp Horizon scholarships, specialty vacations, hand-crafted jewelry plus purses by Toni Henkel were highlights of the auction that drew a record crowd of devoted supporters. Some of the funds raised will go towards the purchase of a wheel-chair accessible van.

In 2007 alone, the Auxiliary funded more than $80,000 in gifts and pledges including partial funding for a wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus which, in turn, inspired another service organization to make a substantial contribution as well. Other gifts the Auxiliary has funded include a sun canopy for the pool, 30 rocking chairs, six Hill-Rom positioning tables, respiratory therapy equipment, sensory toys, three evaluative walkers and a specially adapted tricycle as well as many other needs to enhance the lives of St, Mary’s residents.

“The Auxiliary Auction is a real highlight of the year for St. Mary’s. The Auction provides an opportunity for folks to become familiar with St. Mary’s and with the wonderful work the Auxiliary does to support the Home in its care of the children who live here. Although a relatively new tradition, the Auction has assumed an important role in helping support this unique home,” said CEO William C. Giermak.

The Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s is a group of dedicated women that strives to fill specific needs that the Home cannot otherwise meet. Formed in 1950 with 100 charter members, the Auxiliary continues to provide invaluable support exclusively for the Home.
Established in 1944, St. Mary’s Home is the only pediatric long-term care residential facility of its kind in Virginia for children with severe disabilities. St. Mary’s offers a comprehensive range of residential, medical, therapeutic, educational and recreational services for children from birth to age 21. The staff combines medical care with a gentle touch to create a therapeutic environment for the children with warmth, nurturing and personal attention

.St. Mary’s staff is always eager to provide information about its exceptional care, programs and therapies to civic organizations and clubs. For more details about St. Mary’s, its volunteer program, community partnerships, donations, or for information on scheduling a tour, please call 757-622-2208.

For additional information please contact:

Paige E. Fleming, Marketing Communications Manager
St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children
757.622-2208 or pfleming@smhdc.org
www.saintmaryshome.org

St. Mary’s Participates in School Lunch Program

St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children Participates in School Lunch Program


NORFOLK, Va. – July 10, 2008 – St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children participates in the USDA-sponsored School Breakfast and Lunch Program. All St. Mary’s residents qualify for participation in this program. In accordance with federal law and U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This institution is primarily a special agency that cares for children and young adults with profound disabilities and licensed only to take care of those types of conditions. Individuals with other disabilities will be referred to another institution with appropriate services.

For additional information please contact: Sonja N. Barisic, Marketing Communications Manager
757.622.2208 ext. 331 or sbarisic@smhdc.org
www.saintmaryshome.org

 

Former AP Reporter Joins St. Mary’s as Communications Manager

St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children Has New Communications Manager

NORFOLK, Va. – July 10, 2008 – Sonja Barisic, former Norfolk correspondent for The Associated Press, hasjoined St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children as the marketing communications manager.

Barisic reported for the AP, the world’s largest news-gathering organization, for 18 years. She worked in Cleveland,Ohio; Bismarck, N.D.; and Cincinnati, Ohio; before coming to Norfolk in 1996 to cover major events in southeast Virginia. A native of suburban Cleveland, she studied journalism in the interdisciplinary studies program at Miami University in Oxford,Ohio. She lives in Norfolk.

Established in 1944, St. Mary’s is the only facility of its kind in Virginia for children with severe disabilities. The Home offers a comprehensive range of residential, medical, therapeutic, educational and recreational services for children and young adults from birth to age 21.

For additional information please contact:
Sonja N. Barisic, Marketing Communications Manager
757.622.2208 ext. 331 or sbarisic@smhdc.org
www.saintmaryshome.org