Stories from the Our Daily Bread Employment Center
A Passion to Serve Spawns Polo Fundraiser
A more than 25 year veteran volunteer at Our Daily Bread, Mary Agnes Lewis wished their was more that she could do for the program she was so passionate about. From that passion the Ten Oaks Polo Cup Match benefiting Our Daily Bread was born, raising more than $250,000 for the program since its inception.
A Very Brave Step Forward
Through the help and support of Our Daily Bread Employment Center Yvette took some of her first steps toward rebuilding her life.
Abell Foundation Funds Technology Upgrade
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.
An inspired CP graduate will become a social worker
This is the story of how Alvin went from a life of drugs and crime to become a graduate of Christopher Place Employment Academy and then on to become a social worker to help others like himself.
Commitment to Change Yields Brighter Futures
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 them through Christopher Place Employment Academy, these three men have found a path towards a brighter future with new careers at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Cooking Up a Hearty Start to the Day
As a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, Michele Sheldon Rubio knows how important a proper diet is to a healthy lifestyle, especially if you do not always know when your next meal may be available. Meet Michele and learn how for the past four years she has been serving up a hearty breakfast menu to the guests of Our Daily Bread.
Creating a Path Toward Stable Employment
Every Friday the sounds of accomplishment and congratulations can be heard humming from the classroom at ODBEC which hosts the weekly Work 4 Success Employability Workshop.
When Darnell was released from prison, he had no where to turn, but then he stopped in for a meal at the Our Daily Bread Employment Center. "Without Our Daily Bread Employment Center, I could be back to prison,” he says. Read about how he rebuilt his life.
Delivering Fresh Fruit and Hugs
Lynn Wintriss, or the “Fruit Lady,” as she is endearingly referred to by many of the Christopher Place men has been a monthly staple at Christopher Place for nearly four years.
Doing More with Less -- State and City Government Officials Volunteer at ODB
State and City Government Officials Volunteer at ODB
E-Structors offers skills in green jobs for clients of ODBEC
In a downsized marketplace, E-Structors recycling center has emerged as a viable employment resource for Our Daily Bread Employment Center. Since November 2010, the company that recycles electronics and destroys paper documents has hired 38 people who were referred by the ODBEC's Employment Services.
Food for Life
The Christopher Place program prepares its graduates to return to stable, productive, independent lives. This includes being able to cook for themselves and look after their health, so the curriculum includes the Food for Life program.
When Jeff entered the Our Daily Bread Employment Center looking for a change he was unshaven, in soiled clothing, and was living in dire survival mode. Years of alcohol abuse had left him homeless, friendless, and without support of his family. Read about how Jeff has turned his life around.
“I feel like I let the community down a little bit when I was using drugs. Now that I'm here I want to give something back to all the people that come here - the groups that tour, the volunteers, the new guys in the program, everyone,” says Keith. Read Keith's story about how the Christopher Place Employment Academy has helped him build a new life.
When Michelle came into the Our Daily Bread Employment Center she was nine months pregnant, distressed, angry, and with feet so swollen her shoes could barely be removed. Read her story of hope and new life.
More Blessed To Give Than Receive
Monte is just one of a handful of volunteers who regularly volunteer to serve meals that they themselves rely on as their main source of food each day.
Moving Forward and Up
Antonio Hammond complete his Capstone event to become "job ready" and enters a six-month program that prepares individuals to work as laboratory associates in various fields.
Our Daily Bread: A Thirty Year Story
For thirty years, Our Daily Bread has exemplified compassion and service to men, women, and children who literally hunger for more and our story will continue as long as there is a need.
Ray spent most of his life in and out of prison. Today, Ray has graduated from the Maryland Re-Entry Partnership, is a member of the Christopher Place Employment Academy, and can be seen riding his new scooter to Carrabba’s Italian Grill where he has been employed since May 2008, and will begin classes this fall at Baltimore City Community College where he will major in computer technology.
Spiritual Retreat Guides Christopher Place Men on Their Journey
The men of Christopher Place Employment Academy renew their spirits by participating in a three day reflective retreat at Seneca Rocks in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forrest this summer.
The ODB Senior Breakfast Program Offers More than Meals
“There is a real camaraderie between the staff, volunteers and those of us eating breakfast [at Our Daily Bread]," says Warren Bell.
Volunteers to the Food Rescue
Many grocery stores are delighted to donate their surplus of unsold perishables from their bakeries, butcher departments, and produce aisles, but without the help of volunteers playfully referred to as "Food Rescuers" this priceless food will not make it to the plate.