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BLOG: They Call Her "Mama"

Meet a volunteer so beloved that her nickname is "Mama"

Have you ever heard of transitional housing?

It is the next step for some of our residents ready to leave our shelter but not yet ready to live fully independently, either because of health or financial limitations. 

Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United operates a transitional housing program, Havens of Hope, in Bel Air, which is home for 10 formerly homeless individuals.

Havens of Hope is supported by many wonderful volunteers. Please allow me to introduce you to one — her name is Betty, but to our Havens of Hope residents, she is "Mama."  

Mama is the volunteer who cooks meals and leaves a note on the casserole: "don't touch until 6:00 p.m. because Bill will be late getting back from his doctors appointments downtown." She is one of the wonderful volunteers who listens, cares and helps make our apartments and house a true home for the residents.

Such is the depth of the commitment and caring of our volunteers that one could be honored with the dearest nickname of all: Mama.

Havens of Hope would love to welcome your family, work group, or church group as volunteers to prepare a meal, offer an evening of recreation, or bring fellowship to our residents. I hope you will call me (410-272-2229) so I can tell you more about this opportunity to make such a real difference in someone's life.

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Beth Blest June 14, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Oh yes! You may call Betty McGowan a true Earth Angel!!!! There is nothing she would not do to help those in need!! Always straight from her heart! Truly lives through the Lord and His Word! Betty has raised a very loving family and continues to be a Mother to others in need!
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