The Art of Transformation is a fun and inspiring evening that helps to support McClendon Center clients. Join us online May 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm. There will be a movement and dance demonstration, games with the chance to win gift cards to José Andrés restaurants, the opportunity to purchase one of a kind client art, and a message from a special guest!

Suggested price $50 per person. As a non-profit, we’d appreciate your donation to support our work. The suggested ticket price is $50 but we’ll accept what works for you.

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Thank you to everyone that made our first Dennis Hobb Meet the Need Funds campaign a success. We exceeded our goal by collecting $5,047. Because the first $5,000 is matched than means a grand total of $10,047 for the Dennis Hobb Meet the Need Funds.

What does this mean for MCC clients?

It can mean life or death. During the start of the Covid19 quarantine sites were set up in local hotels to house patients that had nowhere else to go. Late one night, three days into his stay at one of these sites, a MCC client reached our on call staff member. This client had not received any care whatsoever since his arrival. Hotel staff were not even aware his room was occupied. He had no toiletries and was in the same soiled hospital gown he had been discharged in several days prior. MCC staff immediately provided medical care, clothing, hygiene products, healthy soup, liquids to rehydrate, and necessary medications that he had gone without.

The funds needed to pay on call staff, to buy clean clothes, toothpaste and shampoo and more – all of it was made possible by donors like YOU.  And it is why we created the Dennis Hobb Meet the Need Funds. So we can always find a way to say yes and continue to provide this level of dignified care to our clients. Just like Dennis always did.

This is only one example of the good your donation can do. Thank you.

Auld Lang Syne

We sing this every December 31st at midnight…well, at least those who can still stay up that late.  I think this song, nostalgic and wistful, fully embodies my feelings about retiring from the McClendon Center next week.  Auld Lang Syne is a tribute to longstanding relationships that endure, with the accumulation of many memories and good will.  We sing this at the end of one year and the beginning of the next as a way to remember who is important in our lives, along with the hope that our shared journey of love continues.

My work at the McClendon Center is not so much ending as it is culminating in retirement.  I’d like to think I’ve saved the best for last, and these past seventeen years have been the very best of my professional life.  I was given a chance to lead an agency providing services for some of the most vulnerable people in our city, and I am proud that so many people have benefited from what we do.  The journey isn’t over–it continues!  My role will change in that now I can be a supporter of the agency rather than its public face.

McClendon Center is in great hands.  Sheandinita Dyson has been with the McClendon Center since 2008, and as the Interim CEO knows the agency as well as I do She will shepherd the agency until a new President and CEO is selected, and the process of finding that person is well underway.  I can leave knowing that McClendon Center is in great hands, and that its best days are ahead of it.  The Center is blessed with a caring Board of Directors and a great management team.  It can’t help but have a bright future.

So let’s join in remembering the thousands we have served over many years, and drink a cup of kindness to them.  Not just at midnight, but every day of 2021 and beyond. 

Happy New Year!

Dennis Hobb

Executive Director McClendon Center

In many ways Tiombe is just like you and me. Her life was moving along and then a few challenges came up that created an imbalance. First, in 2015 her mom passed and before she had fully healed from her mother’s death she began a difficult divorce. We all handle and process stress differently and for Tiombe her stress manifested physically. It proved debilitating for her and quickly she found herself nearly immobile. Her 2018 diagnosis included stress induced catatonia. Tiombe found it difficult to walk on her own and became reliant on her son and daughter for nearly everything. Day to day living had become not only a mental struggle but a  physical struggle too.

Things began to turn around when she found the McClendon Center. In 2019 she began attending the Day Program and found new ways of handling her stress and managing her life. She just needed some caring people to trust in while she found her way. Slowly her physical strength grew as she began working with MCC counselors. She credits MCC staffer “Mr. Woody” with helping her with his kind and consistent guidance. Once she was strong enough she began painting with Tyler Strusowski in the art therapy sessions. She found a natural talent for creating and expressing herself through art. Her confidence grew as her art flourished, and life began to feel manageable again. She also began to think about the future which include aspirations of attending the University of Maryland’s art program one day.

In the early days of the pandemic Tiombe continued to create and keep in contact with her MCC support team. She also joined the online MCC art therapy sessions. Two of her pieces were part of our recent online art show and both sold! She was grateful for the extra money the art sale generated and said she planned on using it to buy Christmas dinner for her family. Interested in the art sale? Click here

Whatever Tiombe’s goals include MCC will be here for her, supporting and assisting her to improve the quality of her life to the fullest potential. Thank you to our donors who make this happen, we really couldn’t do it without you.

For 40 years we have been making a difference for those recovering from mental illness. Kindness and compassion are not billable services – but that doesn’t stop us from providing them. It is dedicated donors like you that bridge the financial gap and make what we do even more meaningful. Thank you!

Have you ever wondered where your donation goes when you give?

Like many other families this year the holidays at MCC will be different. Unable to have an in person celebration like in the past Operation Elves was launched.

Last week Aisha Shabazz rounded up her staff and got to work. Nearly all the Day Program staff came to the New York avenue location and assembled gift bags for clients.  Day Program staffer Rachelle Mosley took on the enormous task of purchasing all the materials for the gift bags. Deliveries to clients began Friday and will continue this week until every bag is distributed.

In the bags the items varied – with one exception: warm hats, gloves, and socks were on everyone’s list this year. Some found body wash, tooth paste and other toiletries in their bags, while others opened their gift to find colored pencils and a pad of paper. For many of our clients this is the only gift they’ll receive.  At least 90 clients will receive a gift bag – because of generous supporters like you. Thank you.

Additionally, Dennis sent out an email to all MCC staff two weeks ago with an attachment. It was a simple form- for any client in need. Staff could nominate a client by simply filling out the short one page form. The response was overwhelming as so many are in need.  The forms were collected and 150 Target and Walmart gift cards were purchased. Clients that are struggling this year can use the gift cards to buy food for Christmas dinner, a winter coat, or a toy for a deserving child. And again, this type of unexpected kindness is only possible because of our donors. Thank you for being part of this, your community, and the MCC family.

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