County Council Congratulates Talbot Interfaith Shelter on Their 10th Anniversary

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On June 19th, Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) Board members and staff addressed the Talbot County Council to update them on the growth of the organization since its founding in 2008. The Council then presented TIS with a proclamation in honor of its 10th anniversary.

L-R: Board Member Nancy Sajda, County Council Member Dirck Bartlett, Board President Gail Benjamin, Executive Director Julie Lowe, and Board Member Gloria Farrare.

The proclamation reads as follows:

“Whereas , Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) was formed in 2008 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing homeless population in Talbot County; and

Whereas, the organization served our community from 2008-2014 as a winter shelter which rotated between faith communities with the assistance of 17 partner congregations; and

Whereas, in 2014 TIS obtained a permit to operate a permanent facility at 107 Goldsborough Street, a former bed and breakfast known as Easton’s Promise, and opened its doors on November 30, 2014 to begin year-round shelter operations; and

Whereas, TIS has since developed its S4 Program (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success), which is designed to provide personalized case management, access to the necessary services, and resources designed to assist guests in building sustainable self-sufficiency, including a subsidized transitional housing program comprised of eight off-site apartments; and

Whereas, the organization brings together people from every corner of our community, with over 450 volunteers donating more than 10,000 hours of their time each year for the common cause of fighting homelessness in Talbot County; and

Whereas, Talbot Interfaith Shelter is the only shelter program in Talbot County that serves families with children; and

Whereas, 2018 marks their 10th anniversary of service to Talbot County and the Mid-Shore community;

Now, Therefore, We, The County Council of Talbot County, do hereby bestow upon Talbot Interfaith Shelter this Certificate of Recognition in honor of their 10th anniversary and their continued outstanding work towards creating a brighter future for our neighbors in need.”

Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is a 501(c)3 organization based in Easton and serving Talbot County and the surrounding areas. The organization has developed a program that they call S4 (Shelter, Stability,
Support, Success), which is designed to give guests access to a stable home-like environment, services, and tools that can help them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and regain their independence. Once guests are accepted into Easton’s Promise, they receive case management as they move through an individualized plan, eventually transitioning into one of the shelter’s eight subsidized off-site apartments, where they incrementally take over expenses until they are fully self-sufficient.

Their 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. To learn more about how you can help, visit www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org or contact Julie Lowe at 410-310-2316 or julielowe@atlanticbb.net.

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