ODBEC eNews May 2010

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 May 2010

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By The Numbers

During the month of March:

ODB served 21,468 meals.

Volunteers committed 2,073 hours to the mission of ODBEC.


5th Annual
Ten Oaks Polo Match

Polo Match

Join us on Saturday, June 12th, to celebrate the 5th Annual Ten Oaks Cup Polo Match benefiting Our Daily Bread.

Enjoy a day of tailgating, remarkable equestrian exhibitions, and one of the most exciting polo competitions in the area.

Buy Your Tickets Today!


ODBEC Dinner and Auction a
Great Success

ODBEC Dinner Photos

Thank you to all who helped to make the 2010 Our Daily Bread Employment Center Dinner and Auction such a great success.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors Citi, Geico, Corriere and Associates, and Mary Ann and Mike Connelly as well as all the chefs and restaurants who donated the wonderful meals served. 

View Photos from the Evening


Your Feedback Counts!

Volunteer Survey

Volunteered at ODBEC? Let us know about your experience. Whether you have volunteered one day, many years, or somewhere in between, your feedback is important.

Please take a moment to complete our short volunteer survey.



Commitment to Change
Yields Brighter Futures

CP Class

Ronald, Clifton, and Paul entered Christopher Place Employment Academy like most men before them - homeless, lost, and without a plan to get their lives back on track. 

Today, after much hard work and dedication, as well as the opportunities afforded to them through Christopher Place Employment Academy, these three men have found a path towards a brighter future with new careers at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Meet Ronald, Clifton, and Paul, and learn how their commitment to change is creating brighter futures for themselves and their families. 

Abell Foundation Funds Technology Upgrade 

Computer Lab

Our Daily Bread Employment Center and My Sister’s Place Women’s Center recently received a generous $500,000 grant from the Abell Foundation.

A portion of the funds were used to upgrade ODBEC’s public computer lab, offering clients newer and faster technology to assist in their employment search.

Clients will be able to perform job searches, complete online applications, update their resumes, and improve their basic computer skills in the computer lab that now offers eight brand new HP computers with 19” flat screen monitors, the latest version of Microsoft Office, and a wireless service that is ten times faster than the previous connection. Removable USB Flash Drives also allow clients to save their files and take their work with them.  

Thank you to the Abell Foundation for supporting our clients on their journey to self-sufficiency.

Our Soggiest Heroes

Dishroom VolunteersOur Daily Bread rises to the challenge of feeding more than 700 people each day without a hitch thanks to its team of dedicated volunteers.

Meet Pam, Bill, and Kathy, just a few of Our Daily Bread's soggiest volunteers known as the "Dishwashers," who bring light and joy to the dish room and see an opportunity to serve where others only see a sticky and damp mess.

Answering the Call to Serve

Michael and Jeanette

Written by: Michael Buckley and Jeanette Suflita, Husband and Wife Serving ODBEC

On Holy Thursday our parish invites parishioners to come forward to have their feet washed and to wash another’s feet while asking the gospel question: “Do you know what I have done for you?”  Almost everyone participates in this moving ritual, reminding us to bend, to serve, to be served.

Now in a new phase of life – retirement, we are volunteering together to live the answer to that same question at Our Daily Bread Employment Center. 

Throughout our working lives we’ve had highs and lows, talented mentors, poor as well as great managers.  We have experienced painful layoffs and had people reach out to help us get back on our feet. 

We draw on our experiences to help clients write resumes, search for jobs, talk about their fears and hopes.  We share the stories and struggles we’ve had through the years, meet caring volunteers and staff, and are humbled by simple thanks.  “Do you know what I have done?  I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

Interested in volunteering like Michael and Jeanette to assist clients with their job search or resume writing? Contact Aaron Kennedy at 443-986-9031 or akennedy@cc-md.org.


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