FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORFOLK, Va. (July 28, 2015) — St. Mary’s Home announced new members of the Embrace Cabinet, a volunteer leadership group that guides the nonprofit in fundraising, marketing and other areas of interest.
St. Mary’s Home added seven members to the Embrace Cabinet:
Continuing to serve on the Embrace Cabinet are: Janette Crumley of Cordell & Crumley; Richard J. Davison, retired from Norfolk Southern Corp; Michael E. Duffy of Merrill Lynch; Karen L. Hibbard, immediate past president of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board; Elise Hicks, St. Mary’s Northern Virginia liaison; Mark T. Jones, QED Systems, Inc.; Suzy Kelly of Jo-Kell, Inc.; Richard N. Knapp, St. Mary’s Home Board of Directors and Quick180; Kim Thumel; Dr. Allen “Trey” Hardin White, III, D. D. S., Oceanfront Dentistry; Fred Widman; and Nancy Wilcox, NYR Organic and president of St. Mary’s Home Board of Directors.
About St. Mary’s Home: St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provides around-the-clock, specialized residential care for about 100 Virginia children and young adults with multiple, severe disabilities. With the opening of The Albero House at St. Mary’s in 2013 to provide care for adults 22 and over, St. Mary’s Home has shortened its name from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Katie McCarthy Sonja Barisic
Marketing Communications Intern Director of Marketing Communications
St. Mary’s Home St. Mary’s Home
(757) 622-2208 (757) 352-2700 | cell (757) 412-7071
St. Mary’s relies on the exceptional commitment of our staff members, including many who have devoted their entire careers to helping children and young adults with severe disabilities. Today, 50 employees who this year reached milestones of two, five, 10, 15, 25 or more years at St. Mary’s were recognized during a Length of Service Awards ceremony.
CEO Bill Giermak thanked everyone for their commitment to “a wonderful place with a very important mission. … Keep up the good work.”
Special congratulations to Mary Byrd (seen here receiving her service pin from the CEO), a direct support professional who has been working at St. Mary’s for an amazing 40 years!
The printed version of the summer issue of our newsletter, Journeys, is hitting mailboxes this week but you can flip through it online now. We’ve given the newsletter a fresh new name and look. Thank you to Portfolio Recovery Associates for generously sponsoring publication of the newsletter throughout 2012.
The newsletter is bursting with photos of and stories about the children and young adults who live at St. Mary’s, as well as the families, staff and friends who support them. We invite you to take a look:
If you are not receiving Journeys but would like to, please contact Sonja Barisic, director of marketing communications, at email@example.com or (757) 352-2700 for your complimentary subscription. Let us know if you’d prefer to receive a digital version via email or a printed version by mail.
Family, friends and staff gathered on Tuesday afternoon to two-year-old Laniya’s graduation from the Infant and Toddler program. Laniya proudly sat in her high chair, donning a Dr. Seuss-themed mortar board and holding a diploma that fit perfectly in her tiny hands. Whenever the crowd clapped, she clapped too.
Since her arrival at St. Mary’s Home in August, Laniya has developed in tremendous ways. She has been surpassing goals faster than her mother and Early Intervention Technician Stephanie Bailey could set for her. As a result of much time and a consistent classroom routine, Laniya is now reaching crucial milestones, including walking and imitating others.
St. Mary’s Infant and Toddler Program focuses on children in the Home up to two years of age. The program uses detailed lesson plans to build motor, communication and social skills. The program also emphasizes getting the children out into the community and encourages play dates with other children who do not have disabilities.
Though Laniya has graduated from the Infant and Toddler Program, she will be continuing her education at St. Mary’s. Laniya will start school in the fall through the Southeastern Cooperative Education Programs. Just like every child and young adult at St. Mary’s, she will receive an Individualized Education Program; hers will focus on improving communication skills.
Laniya, like other students, will enjoy a summer vacation before she hits the books in the fall. Her mother and Bailey hope to line up some fun activities, including going to the beach, the park and the aquarium.
To see photos from the graduation, please visit our FaceBook page.
By: Sydney Palese, Marketing Communications Intern
The Tidewater Officers’ Spouses’ Association donated $500 to St. Mary’s Home to help replace curtains in our children’s rooms with a design that is more homelike and lively. This group, which has generously helped St. Mary’s in the past, is dedicated to providing morale, friendship and community service opportunities to all officer spouses in the Hampton Roads of Virginia. Please see their website to learn more.
|Vincent A. Napolitano|
- Carl M. Albero, Colonna’s Shipyard
- Michael P. Cotter, trustee, U. S. Bankruptcy Court
- Michael E. Duffy, Merrill Lynch
- H. Gregory Kilduff, retired
- Donald F. Price, Monarch Bank
- William J. Ripley, retired
- Alvin J. Schexnider, Ph.D., Schexnider & Associates, LLC
- Norma J. Taliaferro, retired educator and Realtor, Kline Realty
- Karen L. Hibbard, as president of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home
Today is International Children’s Book Day, created by The International Board on Books for Young People, a nonprofit made up of people committed to bringing books and children together. It is celebrated on or around the birthday (April 2) of Hans Christian Andersen, author of “The Little Mermaid” and “The Little Match Girl.” Each year a different country is the international sponsor of the holiday; that county asks one of its authors to write a message to the world’s children and an illustrator to design a poster. The sponsor of the 2011 International Children’s Book Day is Estonia. You can find out more here.
In the spirit of International Children’s Day, here are some links to suggestions for children’s books about disabilities:
And here’s an article with guidelines on how to evaluate children’s books that address disabilities.
Months ago, St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children began working with Norfolk author Lisa Suhay to bring out a new, special revised edition of her children’s book “There Goes a Mermaid! A NorFolktale.” On Monday, Lisa received a shipment of the beautiful books. “My whole house smells like new book,” said Lisa, who now has boxes of newly printed books stacked up in several rooms. “It’s the best smell ever.” Suhay will donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to SMHDC and to The Virginian-Pilot’s Joy Fund. Order your copy by June 1 and Suhay and the book’s illustrator, Sam Hundley of The Virginian-Pilot, will autograph and personalize it. Get the order form here. Learn more about the book here. The book will be officially launched during a party at St. Mary’s Home on Sunday, July 12, from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is invited.
Months ago, St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children began working with Norfolk author Lisa Suhay to bring out a new, special revised edition of her children’s book “There Goes a Mermaid! A NorFolktale.”
On Monday, Lisa received a shipment of the beautiful books. “My whole house smells like new book,” said Lisa, who now has boxes of newly printed books stacked up in several rooms. “It’s the best smell ever.”
Suhay will donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to SMHDC and to The Virginian-Pilot’s Joy Fund. Order your copy by June 1 and Suhay and the book’s illustrator, Sam Hundley of The Virginian-Pilot, will autograph and personalize it. Get the order form here. Learn more about the book here.
The book will be officially launched during a party at St. Mary’s Home on Sunday, July 12, from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is invited.