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Talbot Interfaith Shelter Welcomes New Board Members

~Housing and fundraising committees formed for sixth season

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is pleased to announce the addition of two board members – Jayme Ploff and Rosalee Potter, both of Talbot County.

Ploff and Potter have already helped form much-needed new board committees. Potter helped create and has joined the new Housing Task Force Committee; Ploff is creating a fundraising committee. If you’d like to help with fundraising, please contact TIS.Jayme@gmail.com.

TIS board terms are three years, and members may serve two consecutive terms. The board of directors is the governing body for TIS.

Originally from the DC area, Ploff has lived on the Eastern Shore since 2004. She moved to Talbot County shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Ploff works as a financial professional at Wells Fargo Advisors in Easton, as well as a professional musician who performs frequently on the Shore. Having overcome some challenges in her own life, she has been searching for a way to help others in doing the same, and TIS is a perfect fit.

A member of the Council of Trappe – and the first elected African-American woman — Potter lives in Trappe with her husband, Ralph – her husband of 30 years. The couple has three daughters and two grandchildren.

Potter completed her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Salisbury University. She worked for the Queen Anne’s County of Social Services and for the Maryland Higher Education Commission, from which she retired in 2002.

Potter also is affiliated with many organizations, including Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center and the Neighborhood Service Center. She is a member of Union Baptist Church, since 1982.

TIS opened for its sixth season on Dec. 1 at Temple B’Nai Israel. More information is available online at www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org and on our Facebook page. People interested in volunteering may contact Julie Lowe at 410-310-2316.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is a volunteer, interfaith-based service organization in Talbot County dedicated to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women and children who lack adequate housing. TIS also is dedicated to raising awareness about homelessness in our community.

TIS is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public foundation designated as a 501(c)(3) charity.

Talbot Interfaith Shelter Opens For Sixth Season

~This year’s season includes several new partner congregations

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is set to open for the sixth season on Dec. 1 at Temple B’Nai Israel in Easton.

The cold-weather shelter rotates among faith community host sites through the first week of April, and can house up to five people each night, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. Each guest receives dinner, breakfast and – new this year – a bagged lunch through a donation from Applebee’s. Giant also this year provided a generous donation for shelter supplies.

TIS welcomes several new partner congregations this year: Bellevue, Bozman, Neavitt and Whitman United Methodist Churches; Grace Lutheran Church and Union Baptist Church. Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, a previous partner, is hosting the shelter for the first time this year.

Last year’s season saw 3,571 volunteer hours for more than 500 bed nights. And each year since 2011, TIS has sheltered several families in an off-site apartment.

The TIS board of directors is working hard on plans for a permanent shelter in Easton that would provide 24-hour shelter for up to 40 people, with a special emphasis on housing families. According to the Maryland State Department of Education, for the 2012-13 year, Talbot County Public Schools had 98 homeless students. Talbot County, however, does not have a shelter for families with children.

TIS is greatly in need of volunteers, particularly people with fundraising experience and a passion for our mission. If you’d like to get involved, please contact board president Julie Lowe at 410-310-2316.

If you or someone you know needs shelter, please contact TIS Operations Manager Fran Doran at 410-253-5414.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is a volunteer, interfaith-based service organization in Talbot County dedicated to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women and children who lack adequate housing. TIS also is dedicated to raising awareness about homelessness in our community.

TIS is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public foundation designated as a 501(c)(3) charity.

Shelter Century Fall Foliage Ride

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s second annual Shelter Century Fall Foliage ride is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in St. Michaels.

The event starts and ends at St. Michaels middle-high school, and features three separate rides: an 11-mile family fun ride, a 31-mile fitness ride and a metric century (62.5 mile) ride. Proceeds benefit the Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS), a cold weather homeless shelter in Talbot County.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted 222 riders and raised almost $12,000 for the shelter. This year, more than 300 riders have registered, and that number could double by event day.

New this year, TIS is pleased to announce four rest-stop sponsors – Wells Fargo Advisors, RBC Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Cross Court Athletic Club and Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS! These generous businesses have donated $1,000 to secure one of our rest stops along the course.

Riders this year will receive swag bags and an event program, along with homemade pies. Cyclists of the 31- and 62.5- mile rides receive free beer and crab balls at St. Michaels Crab and Steak House after the event. Also new this year are team registrations along with prizes for creative costumes and team with the most riders.

The foliage tour takes cyclists through five picturesque waterside villages in Talbot County, sharing the view with skipjacks, local watermen and sailboat races on the Miles River and the Chesapeake Bay. Starting and ending at the St. Michaels Schools campus, the town of St. Michaels offers cyclists and their families shopping, dining and historic lodging. The event is a ride, not a race, and is fun for the entire family. Rest stops will be available for all courses with light food, refreshments and restrooms provided.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is dedicated both to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in Talbot County. Fourteen faith communities rotate the homeless shelter through their facilities during the cold weather months. Over 400 volunteers from the faith communities have worked together since 2008 to keep neighbors off the streets and in warm beds during the winter. Sponsors and cyclists participating in the event will directly help provide shelter to the homeless during the cold weather months.

To register to ride or sponsor the event, visit the Shelter Century website (www.sheltercentury.org). For information about the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, visitwww.talbotinterfaithshelter.org. For additional information or questions, call 443-205-2828 or email sheltercentury@gmail.com.

 

Save the Date – Shelter Century Fall Foliage Ride – October 19, 2013

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter announces the second annual Shelter Century Fall Foliage Ride to be held on October 19, 2013 at 8:00 am. The event will feature three separate rides, an 11 mile family fun ride, a 31 mile fitness ride and a metric century (62.5 mile) ride. Proceeds will benefit the Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS), a cold weather homeless shelter in Talbot County, MD.

The fall foliage ride takes cyclists through five picturesque waterside villages in Talbot County, sharing the view with skipjacks, local watermen and sailboat races on the Miles River and the Chesapeake Bay. Starting and ending at the St. Michaels Elementary School, the town of St. Michaels offers cyclists and their families shopping, dining and historic lodging. The event is a ride, not a race, and is fun for the entire family.Rest stops will be available for all courses with light food, refreshments and restrooms provided.

All cyclists are treated with homemade pies of every kind at the end of the event, and cyclists on the 31 mile and 62.5 mile rides are invited to join TIS at St. Michaels Crab and Steak House for free beer and crab balls on the town’s waterfront afterwards.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is dedicated both to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in Talbot County. Fifteen faith communities rotate the homeless shelter through their church facilities during the cold weather months. Over 500 volunteers from the faith communities have worked together since 2008 to keep neighbors off the streets and in warm beds during the winter. Sponsors and cyclists participating in the event will directly help provide shelter to the homeless during the cold weather months.

To register for the event, visit the Shelter Century website (www.sheltercentury.org). For information about the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, see their website (www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org). For additional information or questions, call 443-205-2828 or email sheltercentury@gmail.com.

Rotary Club of Easton Funds Database for Growing Talbot Interfaith Shelter

rotary grant presentaion 05-29-13 (400 x 267)The Rotary Club of Easton Youth and Community Fund awarded Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) $1500 for the purchase of Trail Blazer, a non-profit, cloud positioned database. This much needed piece of technology will assist TIS in management of shelter volunteers, donors and events by tracking, fundraising, emailing, mail-merge, accounting and more.

TIS is a voluntary emergency service in Talbot County, MD. It is dedicated to both providing safe temporary shelter to men, women and children who lack adequate housing, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community.

TIS is moving forward with optimism to provide a year-round shelter to help house, feed and prepare the homeless to become self-reliant. The current rotating, volunteer-based shelter model is restrictive, both in capacity and the type of homeless population we are able to serve. In conjunction with the Housing Authority of Talbot, TIS is currently evaluating the feasibility of a permanent homeless shelter in Talbot County. As TIS expands to meet the needs of the community, the technology generously provided by the Rotary Club of Easton is fundamental to the implementing this growth.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public foundation designated as a 501(c)(3) charity. Please contact Kathy Hanna, TIS Development Director, at 410-829-3560 if you would like to support TIS efforts.

In photo: Rotary Club of Easton Youth and Community Fund Board presents Talbot Interfaith Shelter with $1500 grant during a recent luncheon at the River House at Easton Club. Pictured left to right: John Hurt (Rotary), Mark Williams (TIS), Jackie Wilson (Rotary), Bob Greenlee (Rotary), Kathy Hanna (TIS Development Director), Bruce Armistead (Rotary), Jack Baker (Rotary) and John Flohr (Rotary).

Shelter Days of Play for the Homeless

Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) in partnership with the River House Golf at the Easton Club will hold a fundraiser, ‘Shelter Days of Play for the Homeless’, on Monday, June 3 and Friday, June 7. Come out and play a round of golf at River House Golf course at the Easton Club while supporting TIS. A $40 greens fee (regular rack rate is $52 on Mondays $62 and on Fridays) will be offered to any golfer who donates at least $10 to TIS.

River House Golf at the Easton Club is 18-hole championship golf course with a par 71 and a 6,501 yard layout that offers unique challenges for golfers of all abilities. The golf course is located at 28449 Clubhouse Drive in Easton.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is a voluntary service organization dedicated to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, provide guests with assistance to help them become independent, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community.

TIS is actively exploring initiatives to provide housing year round to a greater number of those in need; as the outreach grows the need for financial support increases. TIS depends on community-minded individuals, businesses and groups to make it possible to continue to provide assistance to the ever-increasing population affected by homelessness and hunger. Your generosity will make a positive impact in our community by allowing TIS to continue its important work. Contact development@talbotinterfaithshelter.org or 410-820-7030 for information, to volunteer or donate to TIS.

Make plans to enjoy a day of golf while supporting those in need during ‘Shelter Days of Play for the Homeless’ on Monday, June 3 or Friday, June 7. Call 410-820-9800 to reserve your tee time; tee times run 8am – 7pm.

 

Grant Funds First Steps Toward a Permanent Homeless Shelter in Talbot County

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS), in collaboration with the Housing Commission of Talbot, is pleased to announce the receipt of a $50,000 technical assistance grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The grant is for a needs assessment, feasibility study and the preliminary site and building design for a year-round homeless shelter in Talbot County.

Very tentative and initial assessments place the construction of a homeless shelter at about $1 million. The project could break ground in 2014.

TIS, which is in its fifth season, is a voluntary, faith-based organization that offers emergency cold-weather shelter overnight from December through early April. With the help of our partner congregations and hundreds of volunteers, the shelter rotates among faith campuses every two weeks or so. On average, TIS provides about 500 bed nights per season.

Since TIS started, the board of directors has sought a way to provide year-round shelter to more people. With the current model, guests must leave each day at 7 a.m. and may return at 6 p.m. In addition, TIS’ capacity is limited to five guests per night because of strict fire codes.

And since TIS is run by volunteers, our guests are screened for criminal backgrounds, drugs or alcohol, which eliminates many of those who need shelter. This January, for instance, TIS received about 40 calls for shelter. Out of those 40, only three were eligible.

A permanent shelter would allow for much more inclusive sheltering options for those who are homeless, including families and children.

Contacts:
John Clizbe, TIS board president, 703-638-8934
Don Bibb, Housing Commission of Talbot, 410-822-5358; 410-745-5121

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is a volunteer, interfaith-based service ministry in Talbot County dedicated to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women and children who lack adequate housing. TIS also is dedicated to raising awareness about homelessness in our community.

TIS is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public foundation designated as a 501(c)(3) charity.

Wells Fargo Advisors Supports Talbot Interfaith Shelter

photo 1 (400 x 299)Wells Fargo Advisors presented a $1500 donation to the Talbot Interfaith Shelter on January 31st, at the Third Haven Friends Meeting House. The Friends were hosting the rotating homeless shelter that evening, and Wells Fargo staff provided and shared a meal with the Shelter’s guests.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is a voluntary interfaith-based service organization dedicated to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women and children who lack adequate housing, providing guests with assistance to become independent and raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community. The vision is that no one in Talbot County will ever have to spend a night on the streets, in a car or in the woods because he or she cannot find housing.

More information about TIS is available online at www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org. To contribute, contact Development Director Kathy Hanna at development@talbotinterfaithshelter.org, 410.820.7030, or send donations to Talbot Interfaith Shelter, P.O. Box 2004, Easton, MD 21601. Donations of all amounts are welcome and may be made as a gift in honor or memory of someone.

If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, please contact, 410.253.5414 or operations@talbotinterfaithshelter.org. To volunteer or provide food or supplies, please contact volunteers@talbotinterfaithshelter.org or 410.820.7030.

The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is a volunteer, interfaith-based service ministry in Talbot County dedicated to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women and children who lack adequate housing. TIS also is dedicated to raising awareness about homelessness in our community. TIS is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public foundation designated as a 501(c)(3) charity.

In photo: Wells Fargo Advisors presents a donation to TIS. Pictured are Crystal Wise, Wells Fargo Advisors, Fran Orndorff, TIS Operations Manager, William Quick, Wells Fargo Advisors Senior Vice President & Branch Manager and TIS Board of Directors, Michael Dixon, TIS guest, Julie Lowe, TIS Vice President and John Clizbe, TIS President.

Talbot Interfaith Shelter

Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) opened its doors for the fifth season on December 2, and accepted a generous $1,500 donation from Wells Fargo.

The donation kicks off TIS’s annual appeal for community support, as the organization looks toward expansion. The shelter is currently at capacity and it has just opened for the season.

Since 2008, more than 400 volunteers have worked together to keep neighbors off the streets and in warm beds during the winter. A cold-weather shelter, TIS is open from December through March and rotates among host sites in the faith community.

TIS is a voluntary service organization dedicated to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, providing guests with assistance to help them become independent, and raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community.  The work that TIS provides is made possible by the generous support of individuals and businesses.

More information about TIS is available online at www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org. To contribute, contact Development Director Kathy Hanna at development@talbotinterfaithshelter.org, 410.820.7030, or send donations to Talbot Interfaith Shelter 300 Talbot St, Suite 210, Easton, MD 21601. Donations of all amounts are welcome and may be made as a gift in honor of someone.

If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, please contact, 410.253.5414 or operations@talbotinterfaithshelter.org. To volunteer or provide food or supplies, please contact volunteers@talbotinterfaithshelter.org or 410.820.7030.

Community Success!

Led by Mark Williams’ concept and expertise with Kathy Bosin’s (event chairwoman) organization, the support of over 80 volunteers, over 50 sponsors and 220 riders, $12,000 was raised during the Talbot Interfaith Shelter Century Fall Foliage first annual cycling event.

The cycling event included three ride choices, an 11 mile family fun ride, a 31 mile fitness ride, and a 62.5 mile metric century ride – all with fully supported rest stops. Participants came from near and far…including Pittsburgh and Allentown. Riders began at the St. Michaels Elementary School where they each received a moisture wicking performance tee shirt and breakfast and snack items. After the ride participants were given homemade pie at finish line where they were heralded by spectators as they approached. Then, riders were treated to crab balls and drinks provided by the St. Michaels Steak and Crab House and Eastern Shore Brewing.

Participants commented on the remarkable organization that contributed to such an awesome event for all involved. Fabulous weather, generously stocked waterfront rest stops, friendly and well prepared volunteers, $1000 in door prizes and the homemade pie were some of the most adored aspects. “Smooth well-oiled machined…impressed with fist year,” commented partaker Jesper Anderson. Two groups of riders, who regularly experience top-flight cycling events, commented that Shelter Century exceeded expectations.

Kathy Bosin’s response to the event was, “The cyclists were terrific. They were so cheerful and positive; you just wanted to do everything possible so they’d have a great time.” “TIS operates through the generosity and shared organization of volunteers. That was evident on the day of the event, when 80 some people came together to organize this event for the first time. The volunteers worked like clockwork. You could tell they’ve done stuff like this before.”

Kathy Hanna, Development Director for the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, who came on board two weeks before the event, was extremely impressed with the community. “So many people stepped up and put their heart and incredible efforts to work for a wonderful cause.”

John Clizbe, Talbot Interfaith Shelter, Board of Directors President commented, “For the fifth consecutive year, we will be providing safe, secure cold-weather overnight shelter for homeless families and individuals in our area. This vital service is possible because of the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers and the generous support of people throughout our community – the faith community, local organizations, businesses, and individuals.”